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Cash, Wiley. A Land More Kind Than Home. Morrow. ISBN 9780062088147. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062088246. F
Snake-handling preachers and bizarre, dysfunctional families are clichés of Southern fiction, but they can still make a great story. Cash’s debut novel centers on Jess, a boy who keeps his counsel when his mother’s church attempts to cure his disabled brother, unleashing a torrent of sadness and misadventure. The real hero, though, is Adelaide, a quiet activist who is one of the novel’s multiple alternating narrators. (LJ 3/1/12)—Henrietta Thornton-Verma


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    Cash, Wiley. A Land More Kind Than Home. Morrow. ISBN 9780062088147. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062088246. F

    Snake-handling preachers and bizarre, dysfunctional families are clichés of Southern fiction, but they can still make a great story. Cash’s debut novel centers on Jess, a boy who keeps his counsel when his mother’s church attempts to cure his disabled brother, unleashing a torrent of sadness and misadventure. The real hero, though, is Adelaide, a quiet activist who is one of the novel’s multiple alternating narrators. (LJ 3/1/12)—Henrietta Thornton-Verma

    See all of Library Journal's Best Books 2012: Top Ten