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The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
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Aug 21, 12

Read from July 25 to August 01, 2012

Historical fiction based on events that took place in the 1920's and 30's in Franklin County, VA. The story is written by the grandson of Jack Bondurant of Bondurant Boys fame. Forrest, Howard, and Jack run white lightning all over the county. Sherwood Anderson is a novelist and contemporary of Hemingway and Faulkner who is trying to do research on events surrounding the Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy of the 30's.

It was an interesting glimpse into an incredible era of US history. I chose to read this book after seeing the film, Lawless, which was based on the story of the book. Personally, I thought the film told a better tale. Overall the story was interesting. But the author kept moving back and forth between earlier events in the Bondurant story and later events involving Sherwood Anderson--a technique that didn't add anything to the book.

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