Inspired by a true story, A Land More Kind Than Home is a spellbinding, heartbreaking tale about cruelty and innocence - and the failure of religion and family to protect a child. It is thick with stories and characters connected by faith, infidelity, and a sense of hope that is both tragic and unforgettable.
©2012 Wiley Cash (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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I enjoyed this book very much, it is not a heavy listen but interesting enough.
"Gripping tale of tobacco farming community in US"
The tale centres around the disturbing practices of a church that preaches "signs following" with snakes. The main characters are a 9 year old boy, Jess, whose mother is very tied up in the church, the county sheriff, an old man with a sad history of his own (tied to Jess' family) and an elderly lady from the church who stood up to the abusive pastor.
The book looks back at family life over several generations and the reasons the a community would fall under the thrall of such an abhorrent leader.
The characters are beautifully acted by the different readers and their stories told, with those they know in a way that is very convincing for the person they are.
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