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A Burning in Homeland

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"A Burning in Homeland" is...a wonderfully written, crazily romantic story of intense love and devastating betrayal

...a stunning debut of a remarkably gifted young novelist

...a Southern novel that captures the beauty, madness and mystery of both place and time.

In what can only be described as a tour-de-force of passionate atmospheric storytelling, first-time novelist Richa
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 18th 2003 by Simon & Schuster
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Cara Hansen
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
In 1961, Halley Martin returns to Homeland, Florida. He just got out of prison, after doing 20 years of hard time. His arrival seems to coincide with a fire that destroys the home of Preacher Ned Jeffries, who is severely burned in the blaze. This causes the town to start talking, and wonder if the two events are related. Also, if they are related then how are they related. The town comes up with their own reasons and beliefs as to why the events may have caused the other to happen, as well as i ...more
Crystal Spence
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a little reluctant to start this book. It wasn't something that I typically reach for but I stuck with it even though it's a little slow at first. Parts that I don't really understand. But gradually i got into it and enjoyed it. I like that the story is told from a few different people's viewpoint. You can get into the mind of a couple of characters. in the beginning of the story is being told by a seven-year-old boy. He doesn't have a whole lot to do with the actual circumstances that the ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a long book for me, but yet it kept me hooked just enough to keep me going and finish. I thought the author did a great job utilizing the story being told by different viewpoints. It was definitely not the kind of book I am used to reading. There were a couple of times, I thought I might have to put it down because I was afraid it might go into "pornographic mode", but the author spared us the details and I am grateful that wasn't the case. I was intrigued by Halley and by Mavis and I r ...more
Kaite Stover
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of John Grisham, Anne Rivers Siddons, Pat Conroy,
All the elements of a good southern yarn are present in this novel. Told from the point of view of a seven-year-old boy growing up in the late 1950s (shades of John Grisham's A Painted House [2001:]), the story begins with a mysterious fire that destroys the home of the pastor and his family. All is lost except for a pile of letters saved by the pastor's beautiful wife, Mavis. Miss Mavis and her daughter, the sightly disturbed Sharon-Rose, are taken in by the Parkers to the dismay of the Parker ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an intriguing story of a small town with an old, buried story of murder that begins to resurface.

Begins with the narration of a 7 year old boy whose voice I absolutely loved to hear! But the narration does change to different characters, but the little boy's voice will return - thankfully. The thoughts he shares made me laugh out loud and smile a lot.

Deals with issues of mistrust, betrayal, lie vs. truth, love, ending that will really take you by surprise.

I thoroughly enjoye
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I can't believe this is Mr. Yancey's first novel. It is like nothing I've ever read before, he weaves a great story. I love how the story is half narrated by a character "outside" the main plot. This second perspective makes it like two stories in one. The only complaint I have is that I had hoped the ending would be a little stronger, but I can't complain that much because it is written realistically. This author has tremendous talent! ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. Although there were some slow spots, I easily give this book a four star review. There is some very powerful imagery in here that pulls the reader into the characters' misery, but the occasional light, funny moment or comment keeps the "whole" from becoming a maudlin, gothic southern melodrama.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Those 'slow spots' and the too-long "letters as dialogue" sections were the only thing keeping this one from being a five-star.
Powerful book. v
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved how well this book went together. Told from the point of view of a little boy for part of the time, and how kids look at life with such innocence. Also told through letters written and sometimes mailed, but mostly not.
Harry Annan
Great book from a talented writer. A "Shawshank-type" story. with humour & sympathy. I like Yancey. ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, I loved the characters, the suspense, the changes in POV. Everything about this book is an interesting and twisted read.
5 stars, 10/10, adore this author.
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aka Richard Yancey.

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ex

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