A Land More Kind Than Home Book

A Land More Kind Than Home


  • Author : Wiley Cash
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2012-03-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062196774

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A Land More Kind Than Home Excerpt :

A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed to—an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess’s. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil—but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well. Told by three resonant and evocative characters—Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past—A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

A Land More Kind Than Home Book

A Land More Kind Than Home


  • Author : Wiley Cash
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2022-08-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571373437

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A Land More Kind Than Home Excerpt :

Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger and a New York Times Notable Book, 2012 They said Pastor Chamblis was a good man. They said he could perform miracles, heal the sick - like my brother Stump ... But I know what I saw and it wasn't no miracle. Only Jess really knows what happened to his mute brother, but scared and on the run, can he live to reveal the evil truth behind the charismatic Pastor? A darkly memorable crime novel, and a beautifully written coming-of-age story - for fans of Mare of Easttown, We Begin at the End, To Kill a Mockingbird and Night of the Hunter.

A Land More Kind Than Home Book

A Land More Kind Than Home


  • Author : Wiley Cash
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Large type books
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062258878

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A Land More Kind Than Home Excerpt :

"One Sunday, nine-year-old Jess Hall watches in horror as his autistic brother is smothered during a healing service in the mountains of North Carolina. The unimaginable violence that follows must be untangled by a local sheriff with his own tragic past." --Publisher description.

This Dark Road to Mercy Book
Score: 4
From 52 Ratings

This Dark Road to Mercy


  • Author : Wiley Cash
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062088277

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This Dark Road to Mercy Excerpt :

The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, set in western North Carolina, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night. Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due. Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

The Last Ballad Book
Score: 4
From 30 Ratings

The Last Ballad


  • Author : Wiley Cash
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062313133

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The Last Ballad Excerpt :

Winner of the Southern Book Prize for Literary Fiction Named a Best Book of 2017 by the Chicago Public Library and the American Library Association “Wiley Cash reveals the dignity and humanity of people asking for a fair shot in an unfair world.” - Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World and Orphan Train The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood. Twelve times a week, twenty-eight-year-old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill’s owners—the newly arrived Goldberg brothers—white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and other workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May’s best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it’s the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever work she can find. When the union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent workers from bandi

When Ghosts Come Home Book
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

When Ghosts Come Home


  • Author : Wiley Cash
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-09-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062313102

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When Ghosts Come Home Excerpt :

Winner of the SIBA Southern Book Prize for Fiction “I loved it and devoured it with fury, straight to its blazing end.” —Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers From the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, a tender and haunting story of a father and daughter, crime and forgiveness, race and memory. When the roar of a low-flying plane awakens him in the middle of the night, Sheriff Winston Barnes knows something strange is happening at the nearby airfield on the coast of North Carolina. But nothing can prepare him for what he finds: a large airplane has crash-landed and is now sitting sideways on the runway, and there are no signs of a pilot or cargo. When the body of a local man is discovered—shot dead and lying on the grass near the crash site—Winston begins a murder investigation that will change the course of his life and the fate of the community that he has sworn to protect. Everyone is a suspect, including the dead man. As rumors and accusations fly, long-simmering racial tensions explode overnight, and Winston, whose own tragic past has followed him like a ghost, must do his duty while facing the painful repercussions of old decisions. Winston also knows that his days as sheriff may be numbered. He’s up for re-election against a corrupt and well-connected challenger, and his deputies are choosing sides. As if these events weren’t troubling enough, he must finally confront his daughter Colleen, who has come home grieving a shattering loss she cannot fully articulate. As the suspense builds and this compelling mystery unfolds, Wiley Cash delves deep into the hearts of these richly drawn, achingly sympathetic characters to reveal the nobility of an ordinary man struggling amidst terrifying, extraordinary circumstances.

Calling Me Home Book
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings

Calling Me Home


  • Author : Julie Kibler
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2013-02-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250014535

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Calling Me Home Excerpt :

A National Best Seller! Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son's irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her. Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family's housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren't allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle's first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

Tell Me My Name Book

Tell Me My Name


  • Author : Amy Reed
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-03-09
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593109731

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Tell Me My Name Excerpt :

For fans of The Grace Year and We Were Liars comes a mesmerizing, can't-put-it-down psychological thriller—a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby that will linger long after the final line On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting—for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they're together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can't fathom. And soon, it's clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern's cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood—about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila—twists and bends into something new. And Fern won't emerge the same person she was. An enthralling, mind-altering fever dream, Tell Me My Name is about the cost of being a girl in a world that takes so much, and the enormity of what is regained when we take it back. New York Times: "13 Y.A. Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring" "A lush, gorgeously crafted page-turner." —Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie “Absolutely took my breath away.” —Geek Mom ★ "As much Hitchcockian suspense as Fitzgerald’s tarnished glitz." —BCCB (starred review) “A kaleidoscope of light and shadow that will keep you flipping page after page.” —Amber Smith, author of The Way We Used to Be “Only Amy Reed could write a novel this dark, this gorgeous, this forward-looking while speaking to our present moment.” —Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home "The best kind of literary thriller—one with as much conscience as pulse." —Brendan Kiely, co-author of All American Boys “I haven’t felt this way since reading We Were L

The Home Place Book
Score: 4
From 21 Ratings

The Home Place


  • Author : Carrie La Seur
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-07-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062323460

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The Home Place Excerpt :

Carrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place, a mesmerizing, emotionally evocative, and atmospheric literary novel in the vein of The House Girl and A Land More Kind Than Home, in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family’s life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister’s death. The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana, with its bleak winters and stifling ways. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead. Alma is told that a very drunk Vicky had wandered away from a party and died of exposure after a night in the brutal cold. But when Alma returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident. The Home Place is a story of secrets that will not lie still, human bonds that will not break, and crippling memories that will not be silenced. It is a story of rural towns and runaways, of tensions corporate and racial, of childhood trauma and adolescent betrayal, and of the guilt that even forgiveness cannot ease. Most of all, this is a story of the place we carry in us always: home.

My Abandonment Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

My Abandonment


  • Author : Peter Rock
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2010-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547488646

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My Abandonment Excerpt :

NOW A MAJOR FILM, LEAVE NO TRACE. Inspired by a true story, a riveting and unsettling novel about a girl and her father who live off the grid, in the shadows at the edge of civilization. Thirteen-year-old Caroline and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water’s edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight. Told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.

When These Mountains Burn Book
Score: 5
From 4 Ratings

When These Mountains Burn


  • Author : David Joy
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-08-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525536895

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When These Mountains Burn Excerpt :

Winner of the 2020 Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing Acclaimed author and "remarkably gifted storyteller" (The Charlotte Observer) David Joy returns with a fierce and tender tale of a father, an addict, a lawman, and the explosive events that come to unite them. When his addict son gets in deep with his dealer, it takes everything Raymond Mathis has to bail him out of trouble one last time. Frustrated by the slow pace and limitations of the law, Raymond decides to take matters into his own hands. After a workplace accident left him out of a job and in pain, Denny Rattler has spent years chasing his next high. He supports his habit through careful theft, following strict rules that keep him under the radar and out of jail. But when faced with opportunities too easy to resist, Denny makes two choices that change everything. For months, the DEA has been chasing the drug supply in the mountains to no avail, when a lead--just one word--sets one agent on a path to crack the case wide open . . . but he'll need help from the most unexpected quarter. As chance brings together these men from different sides of a relentless epidemic, each may come to find that his opportunity for redemption lies with the others.

O Beautiful Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

O Beautiful


  • Author : Jung Yun
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250274335

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O Beautiful Excerpt :

From the critically-acclaimed author of Shelter, an unflinching portrayal of a woman trying to come to terms with the ghosts of her past and the tortured realities of a deeply divided America. Elinor Hanson, a forty-something former model, is struggling to reinvent herself as a freelance writer when she receives an unexpected assignment. Her mentor from grad school offers her a chance to write for a prestigious magazine about the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota. Elinor grew up near the Bakken, raised by an overbearing father and a distant Korean mother who met and married when he was stationed overseas. After decades away from home, Elinor returns to a landscape she hardly recognizes, overrun by tens of thousands of newcomers. Surrounded by roughnecks seeking their fortunes in oil and long-time residents worried about their changing community, Elinor experiences a profound sense of alienation and grief. She rages at the unrelenting male gaze, the locals who still see her as a foreigner, and the memories of her family’s estrangement after her mother decided to escape her unhappy marriage, leaving Elinor and her sister behind. The longer she pursues this potentially career-altering assignment, the more her past intertwines with the story she’s trying to tell, revealing disturbing new realities that will forever change her and the way she looks at the world. With spare and graceful prose, Jung Yun's O Beautiful presents an immersive portrait of a community rife with tensions and competing interests, and one woman’s attempts to reconcile her anger with her love of a beautiful, but troubled land.

The Highest Tide Book
Score: 3.5
From 46 Ratings

The Highest Tide


  • Author : Jim Lynch
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2010-09-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 1596918489

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The Highest Tide Excerpt :

A stunning coming-of-age novel about one boy's mystical bond to the sea. "[A] graceful and inventive first novel." -The New York Times Book Review "The fertile strangeness of marine tidal life becomes a subtly executed metaphor for the bewilderments of adolescence in this tender and authentic coming-of-age novel." -Publishers Weekly "As crisp and clean as a cool dip into the water, and just about as refreshing." -Entertainment Weekly "Move over, Holden Caulfield; here's Miles. . . . An uncommon and uncommonly good coming-of-age novel." -Chicago Tribune One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his parents will divorce and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him.

Chalktown Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Chalktown


  • Author : Melinda Haynes
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-06-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743442503

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Chalktown Excerpt :

In this well-crafted, evocative novel by the author of Mother of Pearl, a poor family struggles to survive in a small 1960s Mississippi town in the face of mind-numbing poverty, an absent father, a disaffected and often cruel mother, mental disability, and tragedy. Reprint.

Past the Shallows Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

Past the Shallows


  • Author : Favel Parrett
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Australian fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 0733630499

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Past the Shallows Excerpt :

Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn't helping out on the boat they explore the coast, and Miles and his older brother, Joe, love to surf. Harry is afraid of the water. Everyday their dad battles the unpredictable ocean to make a living. He is a hard man, a bitter drinker who harbours a devastating secret that is destroying him. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to leave home and so are forced to live under the dark cloud of their father's mood, trying to stay as invisible as possible whenever he is home. Harry, the youngest, is the most vulnerable and it seems he bears the brunt of his father's anger.