The World Made Straight

Ron Rash

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A powerful, menacing novel from the New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash.

Summer in Madison County. Seventeen-year-old Travis Shelton cannot see a way out of his small town - until he discovers a grove of marijuana in the woods that could make him some serious money.

But Travis has stumbled across more than drugs. His discovery is the first unwitting step in a journey back to the savage violence and betrayal festering in the community’s past, and to the corruption in its present.

Vivid and unsettling, The World Made Straight is a powerful exploration of the secrets that bind us together and drive us apart.


“Compelling … Rash manages to convince you right from the first page that his characters and his story are going to matter to you”
Nick Hornby

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“One of the great American authors at work today”
new York Times

“Exhilarating … The World Made Straight reminds us of the sort of compelling literature a brave artist can fashion from the shards of experience”
los Angeles Times


Ron Rash

Ron Rash is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. His novels include The Cove, The World Made Straight and New York Times bestseller and 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist, Serena, now a major motion picture. He is also the author of several short story collections including Nothing Gold Can Stay, Burning Bright, winner of the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, a finalist for the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains, USA.


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