A Land More Kind Than HomeDownloadable Audiobook - 2012
Faith is supposed to shield children from the horrors of the world, but one Sunday nine-year-old Jess Hall secretly witnesses his autistic brother being smothered to death during a healing service at a little church in the mountains of North Carolina. Clem Barefield, the local sheriff, arrives to find a group of charismatic believers who have moved the boy's body and are unwilling to utter a word about his death. At the center of the mystery is Carson Chambliss, a snake-handling ex-convict turned preacher whose past is just as mysterious as the power he claims to possess.The first person Sheriff Barefield turns to is Adelaide Lyle, the church matriarch, a woman whose good-sense brand of religion straddles the divide between blind faith and cold fact. Her understanding of both the spiritual and the natural world makes her predictions of a violent reckoning in the wake of the boy's death just as viable as they are unavoidable. Jess is the lynchpin for this violence, and he tries to navigate an adult world in which the truth is something hidden from children, even if they know things about it that adults do not.A Land More Kind Than Home is a literary thriller, thick with stories and characters connected by faith, infidelity, addiction, and a sense of hope that is as tragic as it is unforgettable.
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2012
Edition: Library ed., unabridged
Characteristics: 1 sound file (8 hr., 57 min., 32 sec.) : digital