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Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story
 
 
Author
Matt Bondurant.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781451658941
Pages/Publication Date 315/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29608
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(A New York Times Editors' Choice and one of the San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Best Books of 2008) The inspiration for the film Lawless (with a foreword by director John Hillcoat in this edition), Matt Bondurant's gritty second novel is based on his own family's history of bootlegging in Franklin County, Virginia. The book was originally published as The Wettest County in the World, the sobriquet coined in the 1930s by publisher and writer Sherwood Anderson, who also appears as a character here. Anderson chronicles the trial of the Bondurant brothers Howard, Forrest, and Jake (Bondurant's grandfather) while trying to piece together the true story behind the "Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy" and break open the silence that shrouds this mountain community.

"The book tears off on a violent course from the outset, spinning its Southern Gothic tale with splatterings of blood and a little sex. There's a hog-killing, a throat-slashing, an implied rape, numerous beatdowns and gratuitous drunkenness—all in the first 50 pages. Bondurant has earned comparisons to Cormac McCarthy.... The Wettest County in the World is as densely layered and brooding as a Faulkner story ... weaving together different storylines across a plot that skips backward and forward over a span of a few years.... The book plays out like a Blue Ridge version of The Godfather, a tale of a family trying to run an illegal business, steer clear of the law and stay alive."—Roanoke Times

 
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