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You show me a woman who calls herself a Christian up in these parts, and I ll show you a woman who knows how to heal It ain t un Christian to make do when you re poor, I can promise you that You just show me a Christian woman up here, and I ll show you a woman who knows what to pick and where to find it If you don t know how to heal yourself, then you don t know how to live when times are hard ahhhh, another salt of the earth, take care of your own business kind of book.and another great You show me a woman who calls herself a Christian up in these parts, and I ll show you a woman who knows how to heal It ain t un Christian to make do when you re poor, I can promise you that You just show me a Christian woman up here, and I ll show you a woman who knows what to pick and where to find it If you don t know how to heal yourself, then you don t know how to live when times are hard ahhhh, another salt of the earth, take care of your own business kind of book.and another great one, at that.this definitely reminds me of that tom franklin brand of crime fiction, but this one is somehow evengrim than Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter in the best way, of course here we have a story of a preacher come to a small town in north carolina with a past full of sins and a hankering to form his own little cult of snake handlers and affliction healers covering up the church windows with newspaper and ostensibly leading his congregation on the path to glory, speaking in tongues and laying on of hands.except, sometimes, behind those newspaper covered windows, people will die.including a teenaged boy mute and somewhere on the autism spectrum, who has seen something he just shouldn t have seen, and will be healed so hard he will end up dead.the story is told through the narration of three characters the brother of the deceased boy, the sheriff of madison county, and the elderly adelaide lyle, who knows what the preacher is, but is powerless against him she has managed one small victory in taking the children out of the church and schooling them herself every week, but that is a small victory, and cold comfort when christopher stump dies in that very church.the most powerful element of this story is the transformation of the family after stump dies, particularly stump and jess father s transformation this is deep, heartbreaking stuff here it is a story of powerlessness, and the way that we rarely have the opportunity to do the right thing because of lack of knowledge, or courage, or proof it is about small town clannishness,and old grudges, and the difficulties of seeing the big picture in the midst of a crisis.eventually, it is about healing but the healing comes at a great price, and leaves a permanent hurt.definitely worth reading and if penguin UK weren t so stingy, i would be reading his new one through netgalley right now.dammit.come to my blog [[ KINDLE ]] ⇰ A Land More Kind Than Home ☟ A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina townFor a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown ups Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can t help sneaking a look at something he s not supposed to an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess s It s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he s not prepared While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as wellTold by three resonant and evocative characters Jess Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable Beautifully written book, debut of this writer, a real recommendation from my part Yes, the book is a slow read, not really pacy story, but that did not bother me at all, all thedoes the beauty of the story, the atmosphere and the writing come through I loved the change of narrator and story line per chapter And you really feel the tension and atmosphere drifting from the pages A Land More Kind than Home tells the story of the bond between two young brothers and the evil they face in a Beautifully written book, debut of this writer, a real recommendation from my part Yes, the book is a slow read, not really pacy story, but that did not bother me at all, all thedoes the beauty of the story, the atmosphere and the writing come through I loved the change of narrator and story line per chapter And you really feel the tension and atmosphere drifting from the pages A Land More Kind than Home tells the story of the bond between two young brothers and the evil they face in a small North Carolina town The novel is narrated by three characters, nine year old Jess, the youngest of the two boys and the lone witness to the tragedy that befalls his autistic brother Stump under an adult s hand Adelaide Lyle, the church matriarch and moral conscience whose suspicion of a preacher drives her from the congregation and Clem Barefield, a local sheriff with his own tragic past, who struggles to untangle the roots of the tragedy in a community that has been intimidated into silence They said he could perform miracles, heal the sick like my brother Stump After it happened, they said that sometimes miracles go wrong They say it was God s will, and that s all there is to it But I know what I saw and it wasn t a miracle I hope this author publishes a new book soon A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash is a 2012 William Morrow publication Deeply affecting and very impressive debut novel Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing to lose the life you have, for a greater life to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving to find a landkind than home,large than earth Thomas Wolfe This book fits into both of my 2020 reading challenges, which is to read authors I haven t tried yet and reading books everyone has read but A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash is a 2012 William Morrow publication Deeply affecting and very impressive debut novel Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing to lose the life you have, for a greater life to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving to find a landkind than home,large than earth Thomas Wolfe This book fits into both of my 2020 reading challenges, which is to read authors I haven t tried yet and reading books everyone has read but me I had a feeling I was going to like the book and the author, but both exceeded my expectations Told from the triple narratives of nine year old Jess Hall, Adelaide Lyle, a midwife, and the small North Carolina town Sheriff, Clem Barefield, the story chronicles the rise of Carson Chambliss, pastor of River Road Church of Christ and the hold he has over the community The church, zeroing in a specific Bible passage, twists it into a circus of snake handling, speaking in tongues, and the drinking of poison After Adelaide sees a woman die during one of the worhip services, she dares to challenge the pastor, and steps up to protect the county s children from him, and the strange goings on at the church Jess looks over his brother, Christopher, nicknamed Stump , who is mute and autistic But the boys have a habit of snooping, and eventually they see something they shouldn t have Their mother, Julie, hoping Stump can be healed, allows the pastor to help him The results of Julie s faith and desperation will prompt Sheriff Barefield to start poking around in the life of the enigmatic Carson Chambliss This string of events will erupt into a tragic but fateful turn of events I was sitting on the edge of my seat, watching as the clouds build into a powerful storm, knowing there will casualties, but unable to tear myself away The writing is exemplary, the atmosphere thick with dread, and the characters vivid and vibrant Southern Fiction is always compelling, but it takes a special talent to capture the right tone Cash employs a stark, literary prose which is quite effective Occasionally, it was a bit too polished for this premise, but that s a minor flaw Clem is so quiet and introspective and his pain is haunting and palpable Yet, it wasn t until the bitter end that I began to feel a deeper respect for him.Jess was the conduit by which the events that transpire are connected His character is one that inspires sympathy, but of the three narratives, his trials are yet to come, which doesn t allow him much room to develop emotionally I would like to hear from him again, someday, though It was Addie s courage and morality that made the biggest impression on me It s a good thing to see that people can heal after they ve been broken, they can change and become something different from what they were before The irony is thick as the story winds around, coming full circle Fate and redemption are the most pronounced themes, but love, and true faith are also very strong messages that shone through the murky mess, bringing the promise of better days ahead A brilliant debut So glad I finally got around to reading this one 4 stars The title of the book is taken from Thomas Wolfe s You Can t Go Home Again, referring to death as how we find a landkind than home,large than earth, so you have to expect some unpleasantness before we come to the end Wiley Cash image from his FB profileEvil arrives in garish togs Carson Chambliss is a reverend of suspect provenance He comes to town, takes over an unused church, papers over the windows and mesmerizes his congregation with some very old time religion He seems p The title of the book is taken from Thomas Wolfe s You Can t Go Home Again, referring to death as how we find a landkind than home,large than earth, so you have to expect some unpleasantness before we come to the end Wiley Cash image from his FB profileEvil arrives in garish togs Carson Chambliss is a reverend of suspect provenance He comes to town, takes over an unused church, papers over the windows and mesmerizes his congregation with some very old time religion He seems particularly taken with snakes, handling them, using them as a test of faith, and finding some other uses besides He is a big believer in faith healing A considerable scar has marred his hand and who know how far up the damage goes No shades of gray here, CC is a baddie He brings not only his somewhat charred history and odd passions, but real danger to some of the inhabitants of Madison, North Carolina, a sleepy tobacco growing town.The story is told through the eyes of three narrators, Sheriff Clem Barefield, Adelaide Lysle and young Jess Hall Jess is an ordinary kid, curious, energetic, but with a biton his shoulders than other ten or eleven year olds His older brother Christopher, who everyone calls Stump, was born mute, autistic most likely, and Jess looks out for him Stump and Jess do a bit of spying and see something they shouldn t, setting in motion a wildfire of deceit, violence and revenge that affects much of the town Sheriff Barefield, charged with trying to keep the peace in town, has some personal history that still haunts him and affects how he goes about his business.Addie Lysle heroically acts as a guardian angel, trying to keep Chambliss from harming the town s children She tells of her battles with evil, but how much protection can one woman provide Is this a tale of good versus evil CC is definitely evil, no question And Adelaide Lysle stands strongly for good, but there are diverse forces lined up against CC and most of them have chinks in their moral armor Jess withholds critical information Jess father, Ben, has issues with anger and another kind of withholding The sheriff allows his anger at old events get the better of him The only real innocent here is Stump, but he is not really involved in the battle Maybe this isa case of human versus evil Can you ever go home again I guess it depends on why you left and what remains there that might still retain a hold Is location destiny We are told of one man who burned his own home because he thought the devil lived there No going home again for him Maybe a home being on particularly high ground made its residents susceptible to tragedy living in a lowland, or in town house would have avoided Might it be that a childhood home rich in religion can make one feel that church is a home This is an impressive first novel Cash has crafted engaging characters, a story that will keep you burning through the pages, and enough content to make the journey worth your time Hopefully your home is a kind enough place in which to read this and you do not have to go looking for something kinder PSHere is a piece by the author that is worth reading I am surprised how quickly I was drawn into this book I didn t want to read it at first because I thought it might be a bit too dark for me and I wasn t sure if I really wanted to read a story about religious fanaticism I m glad I did read it in spite of the fact that this book was gut wrenching and tragic and dark and it made me just about hold my breath waiting for the inevitable to happen.I know it may sound odd to say that this is a readable book but it really is From the first word I am surprised how quickly I was drawn into this book I didn t want to read it at first because I thought it might be a bit too dark for me and I wasn t sure if I really wanted to read a story about religious fanaticism I m glad I did read it in spite of the fact that this book was gut wrenching and tragic and dark and it made me just about hold my breath waiting for the inevitable to happen.I know it may sound odd to say that this is a readable book but it really is From the first word there is no going back , only forward it is so gripping There are multiple story tellers Jess Hall s focus is on the present lending us a 9 year old s view of this world in a small town in North Carolina defined by tobacco farming and religion I was heartbroken for what he endures and was moved to tears as he tells about his relationship with his mute brother Stump and how he has to deal with things that he just can t understand Through Adelaide Lyle , who has delivered many of the children and their parents and Clem Barefield , the sheriff, who carries his own personal loss and sorrow , we come to know about the pasts of Ben and Julia Hall, Jess and Stump s parents and Carson Chambliss, the minister who is the personification of evil It s eerie and dark and sad , yet beautifully written While there is a feeling of hope and redemption in the end I couldn t help but ask at what cost I can t imagine that I will forget about this book any time soon I was left with the thought that Wiley Cash was born to write A sinister thriller with all the elements you look for in southern gothic Good versus evil, a tragic morality tale spiced with carnal sin and deceit, its focus the terrible cost to a community when blind faith and religious fervor is taken to the cult level You ve got the perfect villain in Carson Chambliss, a crooked snake lovin pastor, nastier than the rattlers he uses to test the devotion of his flock Caught in his cross hairs is poor Stump Hall, a young mute boy who s only line of defe A sinister thriller with all the elements you look for in southern gothic Good versus evil, a tragic morality tale spiced with carnal sin and deceit, its focus the terrible cost to a community when blind faith and religious fervor is taken to the cult level You ve got the perfect villain in Carson Chambliss, a crooked snake lovin pastor, nastier than the rattlers he uses to test the devotion of his flock Caught in his cross hairs is poor Stump Hall, a young mute boy who s only line of defense is a 10 yr old his kid brother Jess and a 70 yr old named Adelaide Lyle She s perfection as thecame off the mountaintown mid wife, gutsyI drove back from that meeting with Chambliss as scared as I d ever been in my entire life , simple but sharp enough to see right through Chambliss and hell bent on protecting the children from him Good thing because Stump s mother is nothing but a holy fool and his father while a good man, oblivious to the danger threatening his family Throw in a mean drunk for a granddaddy and a town sheriff with his own demons to contend with Seriously, whatcould you ask for Wiley Cash s debut and it read s like it was written by a pro A southern boy raised in an evangelical church, he s got the dialect, setting and characters down patYou could tell that autumn was bearing down on us because the leaves on the trees atop the ridge were just starting to get notions of colorHis tension building is slow relentless, pulled me into that backwoods little North Carolina town held on right through to its inevitably tragic conclusion 4 stars Cons Switching perspectives between 3 narrators old Adelaide, sheriff Barefield young Jess Jess s was the weakest, the pacing suffered for it In fairness 10 yr olds can only hold my attention for so long The telling by Adelaide Sheriff Barefieldthan made up for it And no getting around it the ending is overblown but hey, it felt appropriate and oddly satisfying Mark 16 17 18 And these signs will follow those who believe In my name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues they will pick up snakes with their hands and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them they will place their hands on the sick, and they will get well 4.5 stars rounded upA Land More Kind Than Home is a daring, haunting, and heartfelt story of courage and the bond between two brothers I could feel the evil slithering in this story that left me feeling a little uncomfortable The love and bond between Jess Hall and his brother warmed my heart but my guard was up for the evil hiding behind the face of what should be good and safe.Wiley Cash creates the strongest narrators here for me with these complicated and troubled characters, allowing me t 4.5 stars rounded upA Land More Kind Than Home is a daring, haunting, and heartfelt story of courage and the bond between two brothers I could feel the evil slithering in this story that left me feeling a little uncomfortable The love and bond between Jess Hall and his brother warmed my heart but my guard was up for the evil hiding behind the face of what should be good and safe.Wiley Cash creates the strongest narrators here for me with these complicated and troubled characters, allowing me to become completely engrossed in their stories I loved the intensity, grit, and suspense to this one and Cash does a great job of showing me what his character s words wanted me to see It left me with no questions as to who to trust with this one, just the intense suspense to see how it all comes together in the end I highly recommend For all my reviews featuring Wiley Cash please check out our Travelling Sister Bloghttps travelingsistersbookreviews.c A Land More Kind Than Home The Debut Novel of Wiley Cash Wiley CashWiley Cash takes his title from the final lines of and I can tell you God makes us how he needs us to be Wiley Cash, A Land More Kind Than HomeWhat was there to do for Clem Barefield, the sheriff for twenty five years of Marshville, in Madison County, with pastor Carson Chambliss, who ran his church like he was Jesus Christ himself, had a following that would believe in his message to their deaths, and a church with windows covered in newspapers, and his idea of religion that was like a drug to these soulsPeople out in these parts can tak and I can tell you God makes us how he needs us to be Wiley Cash, A Land More Kind Than HomeWhat was there to do for Clem Barefield, the sheriff for twenty five years of Marshville, in Madison County, with pastor Carson Chambliss, who ran his church like he was Jesus Christ himself, had a following that would believe in his message to their deaths, and a church with windows covered in newspapers, and his idea of religion that was like a drug to these soulsPeople out in these parts can take hold of religion like it s a drug, and they don t want to give it up once they re on it they re likely to do anything these little backwoods churches tell them to dolike drinking poison, handling snakes and fire.Clem BarefieldWell, I got a dead boy who never said a word in his life, a mama who don t want to say one now, a preacher who sinterested in saving my soul than telling me the truth, and an old woman who s too scared of him to say hardly anything at all I know it sounds like I got a lot, but when you take a hard look at it it don t amount to muchthan jack shit, if it even amounts to that Adelaide Lyle, the fiery old matriarch of the church, the midwife who brought most of the members into the world, the spiritual conscience of the town, had the history of the church and town to share, when a little boy dies during a church service She was country she was tough she was sweet, and nurturing.Nine year old Jess Hall, second son of Ben and Julie Hall, was the keeper of his older brother Stump, the mute friend and soulmate, in a time when silence wasimportant to his dad, and the church the voice of reason for his mother Jess and Stump explored the mysteries of the world, but discovered one mystery too many that left young Jess with a guilty secret.Sheriff Clem Barefield, the outsider, the rational voice of the law, had to defy the laws of God and the self anointed presenter on earth, Carson Chambliss, to get to the facts For in religion and stories, there is always a deeper truth disguised behind the lies The problem was how to determine what was lies and what was truth And what to do when his own road of life crossed intimately with some members of the community.MY COMMENTSA literary thriller southern noir southern gothic grit litt In the rhythmic dialect of the Souths because the dialects differ from region to region, resulting inthan one south a tale of hope of deliverance and salvation, and the power of forgiveness enfolds in the mountains of North Carolina I was so immediately invested in this story, making it my own, since it reminded me of one of the most profound books I have ever read in this genreThe Night of the Hunterby Davis Grubb.https www.goodreads.com review showBoth books not only knocked my socks off, it also ripped my heart out.THE ELEMENTS IN THE BOOKThere are three protagonists who represent a true portrayal of the community They provide a well rounded, multi perspective angle to this story 1 the emotional element through Jess, the young innocent boy 2 the spiritual balance through Adelaide Lyle 3 and the voice of reason through sheriff Clem Barefield.Through their eyes, introducing the history, customs and complexity of all the characters, a tale of love and sorrow is told with a fine balance between the lighter and darker components in the book More dark than light A Land More Kind Than Home is an atmospheric lyrical and literary thriller which deserves all the accolades it received as a bestseller MY REACTIONS I made war with Julie I wanted to confront the author man how I wanted to drive Wiley Cash off the dang bridge I was shocked and sad emotionally spent but in the end I was so grateful for the author s brilliant storytelling and mastery with words.What an unbelievable journey this book has been How can I ever forget it Like The Night of the Hunter this book lands up on my All Time Favorite shelf.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PS A 1967 documentary called The Holy Ghost People about the religious handling of snakes and drinking poison in some American churches, can be viewed here