When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel
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The eagerly awaited novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, a tender and haunting story of a father and daughter, crime and forgiveness, race and memory
When the roar of a low-flying plane awakens him in the middle of the night, Sheriff Winston Barnes knows something strange is happening at the nearby airfield on the coast of North Carolina. But nothing can prepare him for what he finds: a large airplane has crash-landed and is now sitting sideways on the runway, and there are no signs of a pilot or cargo. When the body of a local man is discovered—shot dead and lying on the grass near the crash site—Winston begins a murder investigation that will change the course of his life and the fate of the community that he has sworn to protect.
Everyone is a suspect, including the dead man. As rumors and accusations fly, long-simmering racial tensions explode overnight, and Winston, whose own tragic past has followed him like a ghost, must do his duty while facing the painful repercussions of old decisions. Winston also knows that his days as sheriff may be numbered. He’s up for re-election against a corrupt and well-connected challenger, and his deputies are choosing sides. As if these events weren’t troubling enough, he must finally confront his daughter Colleen, who has come home grieving a shattering loss she cannot fully articulate.
As the suspense builds and this compelling mystery unfolds, Wiley Cash delves deep into the hearts of these richly drawn, achingly sympathetic characters to reveal the nobility of an ordinary man struggling amidst terrifying, extraordinary circumstances.
In the captivating novel "When Ghosts Come Home" by Wiley Cash, the ghosts of the past haunt the present in the small town of Parable, North Carolina. Cash weaves a poignant tale of secrets, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit as he explores the aftermath of a tragic mining accident that tore the community apart.
At the heart of the story is Mitchell "Mitch" Sutton, a young man haunted by his role in the accident. Mitch's guilt and grief are compounded by the return of Eddie Bales, a childhood friend who was presumed dead after the disaster. Eddie's reappearance forces Mitch to confront the truth he has been running from, while also reopening old wounds for the entire town.
Cash delves into the complexities of human nature, revealing the depths of despair and the capacity for forgiveness. The characters in "When Ghosts Come Home" are vividly drawn, each carrying their own burdens and secrets. Cash brings their struggles and triumphs to life, creating a tapestry of emotions that resonate with readers.
The novel explores themes of redemption, healing, and the power of facing one's demons. Cash's graceful prose and skillful storytelling transport readers to the heart of Parable, where they become invested in the lives of its inhabitants. "When Ghosts Come Home" is a moving and thought-provoking novel that lingers long after the last page is turned.
With its rich character development, evocative setting, and exploration of profound themes, "When Ghosts Come Home" is a must-read for fans of literary fiction and anyone seeking a story that delves into the complexities of human nature.