Matt Bondurant

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Matt Bondurant is the author of three novels, the most recent of which is The Night Swimmer. Lawless—previously published as The Wettest County in the World—was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s 50 Best Books of the Year. His first novel, The Third Translation, was an international bestseller, translated into fourteen languages worldwide. He currently teaches literature and writing in the Arts and Humanities graduate program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Books by this Author

Lawless
The Night Swimmer
The Wettest County in the World

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Build the logic of your world and adhere to it unfailingly

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Neddy Merrill ("The Swimmer") or George Willard (Winesburgh, Ohio)

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Sunday morning breakfast, winter, sitting before the fire with the New York Times, my beautiful wife playing with my son Ford on the rug. Being unashamed of what you do, and who you are.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. But here's the problem...

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. scowling

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