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Winter's Bone (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Daniel Woodrell

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Title:Winter's Bone
Authors:Daniel Woodrell
Info:Sceptre (2007), Paperback, 208 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, American, Family drama

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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell (2006)

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I don't really know what to say about this book other than I loved it. Having seen the movie, I went in with expectations that were not only met but surpassed by miles. It's haunting, and I don't think I have to tell anyone who's read Woodrell that his writing is beautiful and lyrical.
It's a little southern gothic, but I like the term country noir best to describe this book. None of the characters are spotless innocents, or even particularly nice people. The only rule in this seedy town is keep your mouth shut. You should trust only family, and even then only as far as you can throw them. Ree Dolly is both tough as nails and heart-breakingly young. It's not a nice story, but it's a good story about poverty, family, and above all survival. ( )
  smg023 | Mar 31, 2014 |
Gritty Ozark noir. A very compelling story, well told and once you get into the flow of the dialect, hard to put down. Probably the best book I've read in a year. Will definitely try some others by this author. ( )
  gkyoungen | Mar 24, 2014 |
Good book that could have been great. Awkard and confusing metaphors and the thing aboutthe fish I didn't get. Yet powerful and haunting. Almost a great book. Reading Hemingway or Steinbeck before he wrote this could have given it that edge. ( )
  JBreedlove | Feb 9, 2014 |
Very gripping, but sad and real, all at once. It's the unfortunate tale of a strong young woman trying to fend for her family in a world of backwoods crime and betrayal. Having read the mini-bio of the author here on goodreads, I get the feeling that a touch of it might have come from the author's own experiences. Well written, but not for the faint of heart. ( )
  vonze | Feb 6, 2014 |
Good read. Fast. Short. Brutal. From what I remember of the movie, they did a good job of adapting the book. ( )
  lesmel | Dec 30, 2013 |
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To cover the houses and the stones with green -- so the sky would make sense -- you have to push down black roots into the dark --- Cesare Pavese
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To Ellen Levine, stalwart again, and Katie
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Ree Dolly stood at break of day on her cold front steps and smelled coming flurries and saw meat.
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Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

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Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.

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