29. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Helen, Thriller/Suspense

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash, 309 pages, read by Helen, on 04/28/2013

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 first novel.

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