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The world made straight, Ron Rash

Label
The world made straight
Title
The world made straight
Statement of responsibility
Ron Rash
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In an Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past. Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders onto a neighbor's property in the woods, discovers a crop of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, and Travis's confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun. Before long, Travis has moved out of his parents' home to live with Leonard Shuler, a one-time schoolteacher who lost his job and custody of his daughter years ago, when he was framed by a vindictive student. Now Leonard lives with his dogs and his sometime girlfriend in a run-down trailer outside town, deals a few drugs, and studies journals from the Civil War. Travis becomes his student, of sorts, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community's terrible past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction, leading to a violent reckoning-not only with Carlton, but with the legacy of the Civil War massacre that, even after a century, continues to divide an Appalachian community. Vivid, harrowing, yet ultimately hopeful, The World Made Straight offers a powerful exploration of the painful conflict between the bonds of home and the desire for independence
Summary
Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property outside his North Carolina hometown, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, and Travis's confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun. Before long, Travis has moved out of his parents' home to live with Leonard Shuler, a one-time schoolteacher who lost his job and custody of his daughter years ago, when he was framed by a vindictive student. Now Leonard lives with his dogs and his sometime girlfriend in a run-down trailer outside town, deals a few drugs, and studies journals from the Civil War. Travis becomes his student, of sorts, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community's terrible past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction, leading to a violent reckoning--not only with Toomey, but with the legacy of the Civil War massacre that, even after a century, continues to divide an Appalachian community.
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Writing style
Character
Award
  • Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, 2006.
  • Alex Award, 2007.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
143213
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.A698
LC item number
W67 2006
Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
adult
Label
The world made straight, Ron Rash
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Publication
Control code
2537964
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
289 p.
Isbn
9780805078664
Lccn
2005050304
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm60824236
  • (OCoLC)60824236
Label
The world made straight, Ron Rash
Link
Publication
Control code
2537964
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
289 p.
Isbn
9780805078664
Lccn
2005050304
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm60824236
  • (OCoLC)60824236

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