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

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.

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Erica Abrams Locklear is an associate professor in the Literature and Language Department at the University of North Carolina-Asheville who greatly appreciates the help John Inscoe and Wayne Caldwell offered her with this essay. She is the author of Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women's Literacies and has also published in Appalachia in the Classroom, The Southern Literary Journal, North Carolina Literary Review, and other publications.

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