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  • Published: 29 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446497128
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

A Land More Kind Than Home




Winner of the John Creasey 'New Blood' Award 2012 - set in the American south where a young boy witnesses the murder of his young brother.

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the UK's John Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel of the Year'Mesmerizing. Intensely felt and beautifully told' New York Times

One Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina.

Wiley Cash uses this haunting image - inspired by a horrific true event - to spin us into a spellbinding, heartbreaking story about cruelty and innocence, and the failure of faith and family to protect a child.

This is a novel thick with stories and characters connected by faith, infidelity, and a sense of hope that is both tragic and unforgettable.

  • Published: 29 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446497128
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly. A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME (April 2012) is his first novel.

Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

He and his wife currently live in West Virginia where he teaches fiction writing and American literature at Bethany College. He also teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.

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Praise for A Land More Kind Than Home

I think this could be the beginning of a long, fruitful career

Ernest J. Gaines, author of A LESSON BEFORE DYING and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN

One of the most powerful novels I have ever read

Fred Chappell, author of I AM ONE OF YOU FOREVER and BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE

One of the most powerful novels I have ever read

Fred Chappell, author of "I Am One of You Forever" and "Brighten the Corner Where You Are"

Electrifying debut

Financial Times

Cash’s debut novel (A Land More Kind Than Home) is a chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy in small town North Carolina. The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep

Publishers' Weekly

Mesmerizing first novel... intensely felt and beautifully told

The New York Times

[With] this clear-sighted, graceful debut [Cash] adds his promising new voice to Southern fiction

Washington Post

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