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The World Made Straight Paperback – 30 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA (30 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312426606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312426606
  • ASIN: 0312426607
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,223,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Ron Rash's] novels are complex and compelling, told in graceful, conscientious prose, and The World Made Straight is his finest yet." --The Charlotte Observer

"An intellectually satisfying work of suspense . . . Reminds us of the sort of compelling literature a brave artist can fashion from the shards of such experience." --Los Angeles Times

"A superb tale of redemption and healing . . . Vividly enriched by clear, concise prose . . . A beautifully rendered palimpsest." --BookPage

"Finely wrought . . . Vivid." --Publishers Weekly


Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property near his North Carolina home, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours on the forest floor, he's released from the trap by the shrewd and vicious farmer who set it - but can no longer ignore the subtle evil that underlie the life of his small Appalachian community. Before long, Travis has moved out of his parents' home to live with Leonard Shuler, a onetime schoolteacher who now deals a little pot to make ends meet. Travis becomes his student, of sorts, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community's violent past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction.

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