Cash serves up his absorbing Southern-fried tale potluck-style, with three narrators: Clem Barefield, a rural North Carolina sheriff investigating the mysterious death of a mentally disabled boy; the victim’s 9-year-old brother, Jess Hall, who doesn’t quite comprehend all the grown-up things he’s observed; and Adelaide Lyle, an elder at the church where the tragedy occurred. Cash uses well-placed flashbacks in A Land More Kind Than Home to flesh out his characters (though the shady preacher remains stubbornly one-dimensional) and to illuminate a familiar truth of Southern lit: Many are the ways that fathers fail their sons. A-
SOUTHERN STORY Cash weaves together the story of a sheriff, a young boy, and a church elder in his sharp Southern lit release
Genre: Fiction; Author: Wiley Cash; Status: In Season; Publisher: William Morrow
Posted April 27 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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