The Wettest County in the World : A Novel Based on a True Story
by Matt Bondurant
✅ Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Dampest County in the World is an exciting tale of brotherhood, greed, and murderThe Boys Bondurant was a notorious roughnecks and moonshiners gang that ran liquor across Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition, and in the years that followed.Howard, the older brother, is an ox of a man beset by the horrors he saw in the Great War; Forrest, the middle brother, is fierce, mythically, indestructible, and the accomplished businessman; and Jack, the younger, has a taste for luxury and the dream of getting out of FranklinDriven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall into love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father fail, and the world they know crumble under the Depression and droughtWhite mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, whiskey stump, or twisted-gut-which called you, Franklin County was flooded in the moonlight, in the 1920sDuring Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author from Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story, he named 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, collecting clues by linking them to “The Great County of Franklin Moonshine Conspiracy”, and breaking the silence that shrouds the County of FranklinIn bright colors, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men, the darkness of their actions, their long silences, their deep desires–to lifeHis understanding of the passion, violence and despair at the centre of this world is both moving and beautiful.
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