Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 11, 2012 - Fiction - 315 pages
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With a Foreword by Director John Hillcoat

Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, Lawless is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the “wettest county in the world.” Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads, piecing together the clues linking the brothers to “The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” and breaking open the silence that shrouds Franklin County. In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men—their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires—to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.
  

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
30
Section 5
42
Section 6
50
Section 7
55
Section 8
66
Section 20
177
Section 21
185
Section 22
195
Section 23
201
Section 24
211
Section 25
225
Section 26
234
Section 27
245

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
111
Section 13
121
Section 14
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Section 15
141
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
161
Section 19
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Section 28
255
Section 29
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Section 30
270
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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About the author (2012)

Matt Bondurant is the author of three novels, the most recent of which is The Night Swimmer. Lawless—previously published as The Wettest County in the World—was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s 50 Best Books of the Year. His first novel, The Third Translation, was an international bestseller, translated into fourteen languages worldwide. He currently teaches literature and writing in the Arts and Humanities graduate program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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