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A riveting, coming-of-age tale set in a rural North Carolina community which is devastated by the grip of its fanatical church leader. As tragic events envelope his family, Luke's quest to
make sense of events challenge his innocence. A real page turner!!
A strong story with strong characters. It had a feel of the backwoods of America & was told by the voice of three different people. The story centers around a church that practice snake handling & fire. The preacher was a strong charismatic man but I'm pretty certain he had an agenda of his own.
One Sunday evening the preacher causes the death of one of the children of the community & this story is the awful consequences of that probably deliberated act. Not a feel good book.
Loved the characters. The "Southern Gothic" here is more about "haunted by poverty and isolation" than "ghosts roaming plantations." My one quibble is that the setting seems to be the 1980's (all that sweating in non-AC spaces) and I didn't think that cooking meth was on anyone's radar back then.
The setting and storyline were absolutely riveting. The subject matter resonated with me having been raised strictly Christian. But I knew nothing about the genre when it was recommended to me and would have avoided it if I had read the keywords gothic or thriller, to be honest. Very well written though and impossible to put down.
This is a great book. It explores into a church that practices snake handling. I would consider it a thriller. It shows what a terrible cost an eye for an eye can have on an entire town let alone a family. It is the story of how an evil person can put up a front of being a God fearing person. When in reality he had the ability to make others do terrible deeds in the name of God and religion.
This is southern gothic at its best. Mr. Cash lives in North Carolina.
It's books like these that give me hope for humanity and belief in God's grace and man's predilection for redemption. It was powerful strong writing and the type of book I can't wait to read again from a whole different perspective. I love country slang and love when people say things like, "It's just down the road a piece." I try to add it to my St. Joe vernacular whenever I can. Wiley Cash makes me want to read Faulkner and Twain in hopes of picking up new lingo. I think I'm as bored with modern English as I am with modern man. Although I do love being able to read books on my phone. It makes it so much easier and less conspicuous to read at work, weddings and funerals.
A Land More Kind Than Home is a southern gothic tale of good versus evil, cruelty versus innocence and as all the pieces mesh together to form a flawless narrative, the reader is engulfed by this powerful, unforgettable story. This debut novel introduces an author that is able to deliver an inspired, substantial and heart rendering story and shows promising possibilities for his future efforts.
Beautifully written! The characters' strong voices reverberate well after the story ended.
This story told from different viewpoints centres around a North Carolina revivalist church and its pastor Carson Chambliss, a man obsessed with snakes and poison and their ability to heal. I found him very creepy and kept shaking my head at the effect he had on his congregation. Julie Hall is smitten with him and his teachings and believes he can heal her mute son. Things go terribly wrong and the fallout descends on all her family. The pace is measured and the narrative from the three viewpoints is easy to follow. The reader is left with questions, and if in a book group, could explore the whys and hows for hours.
This was truly one of the best books I've ever read. I was glued to it from start to finish. I'll be waiting for another book from this author and hope it's as good his first.
Excellent prose and dialogue, really well written. The descriptive narration is very compelling and the characters are all interesting. It's a strong story, sad and disturbing but rings true. I loved this book. Highly recommend it.
A powerful Southern gothic story. Cash reels you quickly into the story, and creates a creepy and nerve-jangling atmosphere. Reminds me a bit of William Gay's writing. Hard to say I 'liked' it...but it is a really good novel.
This is the story of religious fervor and religious fraud in a small town in the 1980s. Told from three perspectives it?s a simple and compelling story and very tragic. Since the reader knows all (or nearly all), it?s easy to see exactly what is going to happen. That was kind of frustrating since none of the characters really put it all together and blamed the right person. I actually almost quit reading. However, I kept on and I guess I?m glad I did. I?d try this author again as I think this was his first book.
Apparently I have very little tolerance for religious blindness. There was a very palpable aura of evil about Chambliss - he creeped me out with every appearance - and I don't have any experience of boys but I don't think they are as naive as these were but I am probably way off. I realize the era was 60s and it was in the South (which is apparently the most backward and gullible area in the world!) but I know of no boys who would be so unquestioning of parental strictures. But with all my carping, it was an excellent story, very well written and I would recommend it.
This book was very good despite the fact that the ending was not as conclusive as I would have liked. Maybe there will be a sequel! This story tells about the events that take place in a small town when many of the people fall under the influence of a deranged religious leader. It is written from the perspective of 3 different characters and it is an engaging quick paced story.
Solid writing and very good young boy characters. The story shows how a religious leader is able to blind the whole community if they let him.
An engaging story of the impact of a charismatic religious leader on a family