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The Wettest County in the World

(2008)
A Novel Based On a True Story
(Lawless)
A novel by

 
 
Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant's grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World 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. Forrest, the eldest brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; Howard, the middle brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin. Driven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall in love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father's business fail, and the world they know crumble beneath the Depression and drought.

White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgut -- whatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the 1920s. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the "wettest county in the world." In the twilight of his career, Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads trying to find the Bondurant brothers, piece together the clues linking them to "The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy," and break 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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Hardback Editions

February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4104-1268-7 / 978-1-4104-1268-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4165-6139-0 / 978-1-4165-6139-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4516-5894-X / 978-1-4516-5894-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lawless: Originally published with the title 'The Wettest County in the World'
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-85786-728-8 / 978-0-85786-728-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4165-6140-4 / 978-1-4165-6140-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

August 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lawless: Originally Published as 'The Wettest County in the World'
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-60998-488-9 / 978-1-60998-488-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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September 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lawless: Library Edition
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7927-8527-4 / 978-0-7927-8527-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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August 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lawless
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lawless
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Audible Studios
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2012 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Lawless
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 1-4713-1511-8 / 978-1-4713-1511-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGo Ltd
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October 2008 : USA MP3 CD

Title: Lawless: Originally Published as the Wettest County in the World
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7927-5819-6 / 978-0-7927-5819-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
ISBN: 0-7927-5647-9 / 978-0-7927-5647-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: sound library
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Scribner
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August 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lawless: Originally published with the title 'The Wettest County in the World'
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Canongate Books
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October 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story
Author(s): Matt Bondurant
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA