A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

A Land More Kind Than Home came to my attention when author Wiley Cash (or perhaps it was his publisher) tweeted a challenge – something along the lines of “Guaranteed to thrill book groups” (or words to that effect). It stayed in my mind because my book group is a tough bunch – a book has to be pretty spectacular for us to even talk about it (we’re usually busy covering other topics…and wine). Anyways, my book group didn’t read it, but I did.

It’s the story of a small town in North Carolina; a preacher with some shady practices (think his own personal cult, lots of snake-handling and talking in tongues); and a boy, Jess, who’s seen and heard things he wasn’t supposed to – with dire consequences. Continue reading