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A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
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Mar 17, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: first-reads
Read from March 28 to April 05, 2012

[I got this book through a First Reads giveaway.]

I wanted to like this book more because the plot had great potential, but I didn't like how the characters chosen to be used for their first-person narratives didn't really help the main "healing" morale to the story. My favorite character was Clem, but mainly because of the story of how he lost his son. I couldn't really feel bad for the boy Jess although he was clearly a main character, because the people that were actually shaping the story--his mother, father, brother, and that pastor--were all treated like minor characters. I understand why the author might have not used those four important characters to use as first-person narratives (since the book shifts by different characters' points of view, like, every other chapter or so), so it can be like a kind of show-not-tell method of storytelling, but I would have actually preferred seeing the sides to Ben and Julie's stories (the parents of Jess and Stump). Seeing Ben and Julie's perspectives would have probably made me appreciate the whole story more, especially with what happens at the end of the novel. Everything felt anticlimactic, and I had no sympathy for any of the characters except Stump and Clem, and sort of the grandpa.
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Hey Jessica,

Thanks so much for the review and for your honesty. I really appreciate you taking the time to read the book, even if you weren't wild about it. Maybe you'll like my next one better. Thanks again!


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