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The World Made Straight

UK Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

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.