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Wiley Cash

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Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly. A Land More Kind Than Home is his first novel. 

Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in English.  Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in English.  He teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. 

He and his wife currently live in West Virginia.
Genres: Historical Mystery
Non fiction
Dagger Awards Best Book winner (2014) : This Dark Road to Mercy
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : This Dark Road to Mercy

Wiley Cash recommends
Dry Bones in the Valley (2014)
(Henry Farrell, book 1)
Tom Bouman
"A tough, edgy thriller...I wish like hell that my name were on the cover."
Fate Moreland's Widow (2015)
John Lane
"John Lane deftly captures the hardscrabble plight of the southern mill worker and the ambitious greed of the southern mill owner in Fate Moreland's Widow. But he does an even better job of capturing the quandary of Ben Crocker, the man precariously stuck in the middle."
Bull Mountain (2015)
Brian Panowich
"Panowich stamps words on the page as if they've been blasted from the barrel of a shotgun. Wonderfully rich and evocative."
Strangers in Budapest (2017)
Jessica Keener
"Annie and Will, a young American couple with a new child, repair to Budapest to forge their future and escape their past. What they find is a city smothered by heat and tangled in history. When their paths cross with a mysterious elderly man named Edward Weiss, Annie discovers that she's caught up in a life of tragedy that forces her to confront the losses in her own past. Strangers in Budapest is a beautifully written mystery propelled by well-crafted and fully imagined characters. Atmospheric and ominous, this novel asks us what we're willing to do to start over in a new world when the old world won't let us go."
How to Be Safe (2018)
Tom McAllister
"How to be Safe is a blistering indictment of America's insanity: our devotion to guns, our addiction to masculinity, our obsession with muscling our way toward an exceptionalism built upon our own inflated sense of self. Tom McAllister is an exceptionally talented novelist: funny, biting, and bold. I'd be inclined to call him a satirist if not for the fact that every word in this novel is true."
The Secrets Between Us (2018)
(Bhima, book 2)
Thrity Umrigar
"The Secrets Between Us is a powerful, urgent novel that wields issues of gender and class like a blade. The weight of Bhima's tragic past and her intractable present finds its counterbalance in the most unlikely of characters: Parvati, an elderly homeless woman who is haunted by a history of her own. This intergenerational novel asks hard questions about who we are, who we can become, and what awaits on the other side of our becoming. Thrity Umrigar is known as a bold and generous writer, and The Secrets Between Us only further establishes her reputation."
The Line That Held Us (2018)
David Joy
"Poverty, class, violence, addiction, isolation: No one writes about the issues facing rural America as clearly, as fairly, or as well as David Joy. The Line That Held Us plumbs the depths of friendship and family, uncovering truths that are stamped on the page with blistering realism."

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