Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Introducing Wiley Cash
I've heard it said before that those who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat it, and I just don't know what I think about that. I figure I don't have too much use for it. The past will just weigh on you if you spend too much time remembering it.”
― Wiley Cash, A Land More Kind Than Home
Today, I'm going to do something different with my blog. I'd like to introduce an up and coming author Wiley Cash. I found Mr. Cash from a sidebar on Facebook recently when a mention of To Kill a Mockingbird was used to describe his recent book.
The story is told in the voices of three major characters. It's the type of story that grabs hold of you and doesn't let you go as you turn each well-written page. The voice of Jess, the younger brother in the story put me in mind of Scout Finch. I love the Southern "voice", the southern ways. I found myself becoming lost in a time and place that's not mine. A time and place I've never known.
This story will stay with me for some time to come. And I look forward to anything else this amazing author may be up to in his future. Let me leave you with his biography and his book blurb. It is my hope you will come away feeling as I did when you discover Wiley Cash and "A Land More Kind Than Home."
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.