By Wiley Cash
phenomenal debut novel-a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small North Carolina town-author Wiley Cash
displays a remarkable talent for lyrical, powerfully emotional storytelling.
is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home.
A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.
wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.
"Absorbing . . . Cash
uses well-placed flashbacks to flesh out his
characters . . . and to illuminate a familiar truth of Southern lit: Many are the ways that fathers fail their sons."
debut with this fine, engaging novel, proving yet again that the South is an inexhaustible motherlode of literature.
I'm sure he'll garner comparisons to Harper Lee, perhaps even to Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor, but Wiley Cash
is Wiley Cash-a new, strong Southern voice in American fiction."
has a beautifully written hit on his
is the real deal and his
first novel is an atmospheric crossroads filled with characters who long for better, but know that their best will never be good enough, is dense with stories intersecting like the branches in a laurel hell."
"A chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy in small town North Carolina . . . The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash's
fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep."
novel embeds a tender coming-of-age story within a suspense-filled thriller. . . . [A] clear-sighted, graceful debut."