Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: "The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant

Admittedly, this novel is not for the faint of heart when it comes to depictions of violence and desperation, but the prose of The Wettest County in the World is some of the finest I've ever read. The story of moonshine, blockade runners and murder is engaging (and the basis for the recent movie Lawless), but it was the descriptions of the characters' transcendence that really took my breath away. There are moments in this book that rival the writing of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. A true gem in the rough, The Wettest County in the World should not be overlooked.

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