Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From Patrick

The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant soon to be a movie from Columbia Pictures.

"Based on his own family history, Matt Bondurant's excellent new novel begins in 1928, with the mythic story of Bondurant's great-uncle Forrest, who walks twelve miles
to a hospital with a slit throat after he's attacked by thieves, and survives to tell the tale. We enter the world of prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia, the heart of the country's bootlegging industry, where gangs such as The Bondurant Boys ran moonshine for years. Sherwood Anderson, author of Winesburg, Ohio arrives in Franklin County to research a magazine story on the Bondurants, and the famous writer gets caught up in the violent backwoods world when two anonymous men turn up at the same hospital six years brutally disfigured. Bondurant writes in a straightforward, somewhat hardboiled manner, reminiscent of James Carlos Blake and later-period Cormac McCarthy, and his fictionalized take on the underground economy of illicit liquor-making makes for compelling reading."

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