I finished read The Clearing
by Tim Gautreaux. The story follows Randolph, a bayou sawmill manager as he struggles to keep the mill running in the backwoods of a Louisiana swamp in the 1920's. He stays at the mill to turn a profit for his northern family and to try to understand his war-shocked brother, the constable of the mill.
The book follows of the struggle of both men as they come to terms with their lives, their struggles with their wives, the terror of being hounded by Italian mobsters trying to turn a profit in the rowdy saloon and gambling house, and an illegitimate son.