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Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Beginnings on Friday - A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

It's Friday, and time again for another great beginning to another great book!  I'm currently reading "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash, and I just love the way this book begins!

"I sat there in the car with the gravel dust blowing across the parking lot and saw the place for what it was, not what it was right at that moment in the hot sunlight, but for what it had been maybe twelve or fifteen years before: a real general store with folks gathered around the lunch counter, a line of people at the soda fountain, little children ordering ice cream of just about every flavor you could think of, hard candy by the quarter pound, moon pies and crackerjack, and other things I hadn't thought about tasting in years."

What a great opening, huh? 

Here is more about the book:

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.

Watch for my review to come soon!

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme sponsored by Rose City Reader (http://www.rosecityreader.com/) where readers share the beginning words of the book they are currently reading!


Kristin said...

Wow - I can see the place just as it's described...so vivid!!!

Here's my Book Beginnings post.

Diana Leigh said...

That is a fantastic opening. Very descriptive!

SquirrelQueen said...

The opening lines leave me wanting to know more. This one is definitely going on my wishlist.

Happy Weekend!

Beth Hoffman said...

I'm hooked and will watch for your review. Have a terrific weekend, girlfriend!

Rose City Reader said...

I am a sucker for long, shaggy opening sentences like that. They make me want to sit down and read the whole thing right then and there.

Thank you for participating in Book Beginnings!