In a small North Carolina town, a church has slowly grown under the leadership of a pastor from out of town who sees himself as something of a prophet. He uses snakes and poison in his services, so convinced is he of his religion’s power to overcome danger. But when a young boy dies during a service, the rest of the town is no longer content to look the other way.
The story is told from the point of view of three narrators: young Jess Hall, Sunday school teacher Adelaide Lyle, and Sheriff Clem Barefield. Their distinct voices are folksy yet genuine, and each told a different part of the story to create an intense, powerful whole.
Not only do I think this would make a good choice for book groups, I think it could be a fantastic movie. A Land More Kind Than Home is shocking, engaging, and you will keep thinking about it long after you turn the final page. It’s out this week – reserve your copy here.