Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than HomeA Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story of two young brothers in a small southern town is told in such a way that it is as if the reader is spying on the story through various cracks and peepholes. Multiple narrators each give us their own little slice of the story and it takes quite a while before it is clear who the good guys are and who the bad guys are (except one who seems pretty much bad from the get-go). Very well crafted and much better than the jacket copy ("a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town.") makes it sound. I think it is really much more a story about how each person's weaknesses and strengths--and the choices those lead them to--color the lives of those around them.

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