Here's another roundup of recent Southern books being published. We've got an eclectic mix, as usual!
Wiley Cash's first novel A Land More Kind Than Home is set in the mountains of North Carolina. Here's what the Library Journal has to say:
"The River Road Church of Christ in Signs Following is a secretive place, with newspapers taped over the windows so you can’t see in, and the minister, Carson Chambliss, is often seen on a Sunday morning carrying cages made of wood and chicken-wire into the building. Still, the neighbors pay little attention until an autistic child becomes the victim of a special healing service, and the local sheriff launches an investigation."
Jonathan Odell sets his second novel The Healing during plantation-era slavery slave-era. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the book "transcends any cliches of the genre with its captivating, at times almost lyrical, prose; its firm grasp of history; vivid scenes; and vital, fully realized people, particularly the slaves with their many shades of color and modes of survival — none more so than Polly Shine and Granada."
Sarabande Books, who published Lee's collection, Lee's stories are "bizarre and smart and stilted, like dystopic
fables told by a redneck Samuel Beckett. Outcasts hunker under bridges, or hole
up in bars, waiting for the hurricane to hit."