Nominated by:

New York Public Library, USA

San José Public Library, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

William Morrow & Company, USA

A Land More Kind Than Home

Wiley Cash      

2014 Longlist

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to – an act that will have repercussions. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evil – but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.

Told by resonant and evocative characters, 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.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina and has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in West Virginia. This is his first novel.

Librarian’s Comments

Exceptional literary fiction.

A powerful story of love, evil, forgiveness, sadness, family and religion centering on two boys in a rural mountain community, told in different voices.

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