Thursday, February 19, 2015
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
I've been hearing good things about Wiley Cash as an author for awhile now, because I love southern literature with an Appalachian setting. I finally decided to try this first novel of his before I tackled his latest book, and I was not disappointed.
The title of this book comes from the final lines of "You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe. It has a strong sense of place (like most good southern literature) and is tragic, gut wrenching, and dark.
The story is told by three characters, Jess (a young boy growing up in the town of Marshall), Adelaide (the town midwife and moral conscience), and Clem Barefield (a Sheriff with his own painful past). A thriller that highlights good versus evil and has elements of carnal sin, faith versus reason, fathers and sons, grief, guilt, and snake handling told with strong narrative voices. Haunting and atmospheric.