Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trailer Park Tuesday: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.  Unless their last name is Grisham or King, authors will probably never see their trailers on the big screen at the local cineplex.  And that's a shame because a lot of hard work goes into producing these short marriages between book and video.  So, if you like what you see, please spread the word and help these videos go viral.

Wiley Cash's debut novel is as Southern as sweet tea, but with a twist of Cormac McCarthy, so it comes as no surprise that the book trailer for A Land More Kind Than Home mirrors that Southern Gothic edge.  Using "The Rain Barrel" by Amanda McCoy as its soundtrack, the video takes us on a tour of the landscape Cash uses as his backdrop.  You won't learn too much about the plot (a young autistic boy is smothered during a church healing service despite his younger brother's attempts to protect him), but you will get a good feel for the kind of atmosphere that haunts the book.  A Land More Kind Than Home is out in paperback from William Morrow today.  I'm urging everyone to get a copy of the novel the New York Times said is "intensely felt and beautifully told."  Bonus video!  Here's Wiley ("the Justin Timberlake of American literature") with his Lettermanesque Top 10 Reasons Your Book Club Will Love A Land More Kind Than Home (#9: "It's full of family secrets, betrayal, mystery, suspense...and it smells amazing!").

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