A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley CashA 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 town
For 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 cant help sneaking a look at something hes not supposed to — an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jesss. Its a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which hes 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 well.
Told 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.
A Land More Kind Than Home Summary & Study Guide
Jess Aarons lives in a small town called Lark Creek and has a hard family life. He likes to draw and to run, and is kind of lonely; he's out-of-place in his family and the only person he really gets along with is his little sister May Belle. He's about to enter the fifth grade and dreams of being the fastest runner there. This dream is shattered on the first day of school, though, when a new girl named Leslie shows up and runs faster than anyone. At first Jess is crushed, but later he and Leslie end up becoming good friends. Since they're both outcasts, Jess and Leslie spend a lot of time together.
One Sunday, in the mountains of North Carolina, nine-year-old Jess Hall should have been down by the river with the other children. Instead, he and his friend Joe Bill were trying to find out what happens at the church where the windows are blocked with newspaper. To his horror, Jess watches as his mute brother is smothered during a healing service. Local sheriff, Clem Barefield, must untangle the tragedy and violence that follows, in a case that reminds him of his own dead son. A Land More Kind Than Home is a heartbreaking story about family, relationships and faith, cruelty and innocence. The tragic story is told through three people: Jess Hall, Adelaide Lyle and Clem Barefield, and each has their own voice. Despite the three different narrators, the story is easy to follow and I think the three of them give slightly different angles to the story — that of a little boy who experiences more than one boy should, of an old woman who dislikes the way her church practices and that of the sheriff looking in on the whole situation.
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