Mountain Fatalism in Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind Than Home

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Dr. . Erica Abrams Locklear, Associate Professor (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Abstract: In 2003 Wiley Cash had the initial idea for the storyline of his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, when his “professor, Reggie Scott Young, brought in a news story about a young African American boy with autism who’d been smothered during a healing service on Chicago’s South Side. ”Cash elaborates that he “wanted to tell the story, but [he’d] never been to Chicago and knew [he] couldn’t represent the experience of those living on the South Side.Instead, Cash set the novel in Madison County, a region in Western North Carolina that has long been associated with both positive and negative stereotypes about Appalachia.(From the first paragraphs of the text.)

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Locklear, Erica Abrams. “Mountain Fatalism in Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind Than Home.” Appalachian Heritage 42, no. 3 (Summer 2014): 110-121
Language: English
Date: 2014
Appalachian literature, Wiley Cash, A Land More Kind Than Home, mountain fatalism, literary exploration

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