Wiley Cash's debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home comes out in paperbook today.
The novel is told through the point of view of Adelaide Lyle, the town's midwife; Clem Barefield, the sheriff; and nine-year-old Jess Hall.
Jess Hall is the younger brother, but he is often responsible for his older autistic brother, known as Stump. Stump does not speak. Jess' mother has found religion. The snake handling preacher, Carson Chambliss claims he can help.
Stump dies in the church and when the sheriff arrives - neither the preacher, the mother, or the congregation is willing to divulge what has happened, but Jess knows - he saw it all - through the crack in the window left by a dilapidated air conditioner.
Evil can be found in the most unusual places. Preachers are supposed to be good. Mothers are supposed to love and protect their children. But in life, people do not always do what they are supposed to do and even those who try - have their own regrets and failures that haunt them.
If you are looking for a good book to read, then this is the one you should choose. It will surely spark hours of discussion if A Land More Kind Than Home is your book club's selection.
And if you have one nearby, be sure to support your local Indie bookstore.