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This year’s Spokane Is Reading selection, 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. The resonant and evocative characters that tell the story make Wiley Cash’s debut novel “a thriller” that is hard to put down. The New York Times says it is a “mesmerizing first novel” and an “intensely felt and beautifully told story.”

A New York Times bestseller, the book racked up stellar reviews and readers and reviewers were excited about this new voice in Southern Fiction. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says, “[With] this clear-sighted, graceful debut [… Cash] adds his promising new voice to Southern fiction.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer remarked, “Evocative and quietly chilling, this novel of trust misplaced and love gone wrong is reason to hope for more from Wiley Cash.” Spokane’s own literary star, Jess Walter reviewed the book, “Wiley Cash knows how to grab his reader on page one and hang on for dear life as he presents brilliant portraits of desperate people caught up in an underworld where danger, damage, drugs, and fractured families are all clasped in the tight fist of poverty.”

This story will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last paragraph and reluctantly closed the book. Read A Land More Kind than Home and participate in this year’s Spokane Is Reading events!

Borrow a copy from Spokane Public Library

Borrow a copy from Spokane County Library District

Buy a copy at Auntie’s Bookstore