The Wettest County in the World Part family history, part fiction, Matt Bondurant's somber, engrossing novel, The Wettest County in the World , patches together the legend of his paternal grandfather… The Wettest County in the World Part family history, part fiction, Matt Bondurant's somber, engrossing novel, The Wettest County in the World , patches together the legend of his paternal grandfather… 2008-10-14 Fiction History Scribner
Book Review

The Wettest County in the World (2008)

The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 14, 2008; Writer: Matt Bondurant; Genres: Fiction, History; Publisher: Scribner

Part family history, part fiction, Matt Bondurant's somber, engrossing novel, The Wettest County in the World, patches together the legend of his paternal grandfather and uncles, a fearsome trio of bootleggers in rural Prohibition-era Virginia. He's wonderful at evoking historical atmosphere — the elaborate stills camouflaged in the woods,the music, the drunken gatherings that explode into shattering violence. (The book would make a teriffic HBO series.) Alas, he is somewhat less wonderful at pacing the narrative, which can be maddeningly slow. B

Originally posted Oct 24, 2008 Published in issue #1018 Oct 31, 2008 Order article reprints