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A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
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In western North Carolina sits a small town of Marshall where the inhabitants are skeptical of anyone interfering in their business.

Three people narrate the story. Sister Adelaide is an elderly church member who objects to the way that people in the church must do dangerout things like handling poisonous snakes, just to prove their faith.

Jess Hall is a nine-year-old. He's an innocent boy who is curious about what goes behind the covered windows of the church. His older brother, age thirteen, is known as Stump and is a mute. Jess attempts to look out for his brother.

The third narrator is the sheriff, Clem Barefield. He's a good man and like Adelaide, doesn't accept the church's practices of putting their membership in danger. When he learns that a child has been killed in the church, he takes action. He investigates the pastor, Carson Chambliss who has a prison record for drugs but claims to have found God. Chambliss has such power over his parisoners that Clem doesn't know if he'll get anyone to talk.

There is a powerful scene where church members come to the home of the child's mother after the child was killed. The child's father blocks their way into his home and a physical confrontation results. It reminded me of a scene from "The Grapes of Wrath" where officials were attempting to force their way into an immigrant camp to cause trouble but their way is blocked and they are turned away.

The writing is supurb and this story will pull at the reader's heart, leaving them thinking about the events of the story for a long time.

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Hey Michael,

Wow! Thanks for the 5 stars and great review. Thanks also for taking the time to read the book and write such kind things about it. It means a lot to me. Thanks again!


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