(From the publisher):
Deep in the heart of western North Carolina lies Marshall, a quiet, unassuming mountain town that believes in protecting its own-especially if they harbor secrets. That's the way it's always been-and always will be-a belief installed in them for generations.
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grownups. An adventurous, precocious boy, Jess is enromously 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 isn't supposed to-an act that will have catastrophic reprecussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It is 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 new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil-but be the balm of freedom and deliverance as well.
Told in three resonant and evocative voices-Jess's; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and its 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.
Original title: A Land More Kind Than Home
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense