A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME
Cash’s debut novel is mysterious, and indirectly creepy, which will have a powerful effect on readers. Told from the point of view of three main characters — 9-year-old Jess Hall, Adelaide Lyle, the town’s midwife, and Sheriff Clem Barefield — we see the novel’s events play out from the perspectives of citizens completely different from one another. Riveting, disturbing and lyrical, this novel is full of surprises the entire way through and will have readers glued to it from the start.
In the small town of Marshall, N.C., a new church pastor arrives to change the lives of a family forever — though not for the best. When Jess Hall and his mute older brother Christopher (nicknamed Stump) see something they aren’t supposed to see, Pastor Chambliss takes it upon himself to “cure” Stump of his silence indefinitely. The results of his actions will force the inhabitants of Marshall, including Jess himself, to come to terms with the definition of true evil. (MORROW, May, 320 pp., $24.99)