"A once idyllic American landscape is home to a closely knit, rural community that, for more than a generation, has battled the polluting practices of large-scale farming that had been making them sick and damaging their homes. After years of frustration and futile attempts to bring about change, an impassioned cadre of local residents, led by a team of intrepid and dedicated lawyers, brought suit against one of the world's most powerful corporations-and, miraculously, they won. As vivid and fast-paced as a novel, Wastelands takes us into the heart of a legal battle over the future of America's farmland, and into the lives of the people who found the courage to fight. With unparalleled entrée in the courtroom, Corban Addison captures the stirring and unforgettable struggle to bring a modern-day monopoly to its knees, to force a once invincible power to change, to vindicate the rights of a long-suffering community, and finally to restore their heritage"--
Physical Description:xiv, 444 pages ; 25 cm
Publisher:New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2022.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-421) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword by John Grisham -- Author's note -- Prologue -- Part one: The kingdom. Homeplace -- The champion -- Down East -- Fortunate sons -- Dark arts -- The butcher -- Acts of war -- Part two: Rebellion. The fountainhead -- The five families -- Tabula rasa -- Appealing to Caesar -- A man for all seasons -- The cloud and the flame -- Hunting the unicorn -- Outside man -- A vision on the mountain -- Part three: Sabotage. Hog summer -- The Murphy men -- Fate and transport -- Company town -- The people's circus -- Amendment one -- Part four: Confrontation. First words -- Cloud of witnesses -- Bloodsport -- A traitor to his kind -- See no evil, smell no evil -- Pitchforks on the doorstep of justice -- Into the whirlwind -- Total war -- The hog king and the saint -- World on fire -- The furies -- Part five: The reckoning. Ring the bells -- Deus ex machina -- Higher law -- Waiting for daylight -- Final judgment -- Epilogue.