A Land More Kind Than Home 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… A Land More Kind Than Home 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… 2012-04-17 Fiction William Morrow
Book Review

A Land More Kind Than Home (2012)

SOUTHERN STORY Cash weaves together the story of a sheriff, a young boy, and a church elder in his sharp Southern lit release
SOUTHERN STORY Cash weaves together the story of a sheriff, a young boy, and a church elder in his sharp Southern lit release
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 17, 2012; Writer: Wiley Cash; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: William Morrow

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-

Originally posted May 04, 2012 Published in issue #1205 May 04, 2012 Order article reprints