Wiley Cash’s A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME is now available in paperback.
Miracles and Mirages
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow; 320 pages; $24.99).
Charles Manson. Jim Jones. David Koresh. Carson Chambliss. That last name may not be as familiar to you as the other names of famous and frighteningly real cult leaders are. Chambliss, the fictitious pastor of the River Road Church of Christ in Signs Following, runs a small backwoods congregation in rural North Carolina in Wiley Cash’s powerful, taut debut novel A Land More Kind than Home. Like Manson, Jones, and Koresh, Chambliss’s followers will do absolutely anything for him; Chambliss’s congregation speak in tongues, handle snakes, and even kill for their leader.
Not everyone is drinking Chambliss’s kool-aid, though. Adelaide “Addie” Lyle, former church member, mid-wife, and one of the narrators of Cash’s novel, knows all too well just what her ex-pastor is capable of. Addie has seen people “pick up…
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