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Winter's Bone (2006)

by Daniel Woodrell

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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. "The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book...his most profound and haunting yet." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review… (more)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Questions of family loyalty trouble resourceful teen girls in these stark and menacing novels of hardscrabble life in the Ozark hills. Both fast-paced literary thrillers combine a strong sense of place with haunting characters and clear-eyed depictions of violence.… (more)
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    sparemethecensor: Though one is set in Appalachia and one in the Ozarks, both are dark, gritty, Southern noir novels that immerse readers fully in the depravity that comes along with desperate poverty in these regions of the country.
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    smasler: Woodrell is the master of Missouri Rural Noir
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So boring. I am just over the 50% mark and I can't take it anymore. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
In case anyone was wondering, I'm the type of person who likes to read the book before they watch the movie. Yeah, I'm super annoying like that. I wanted to watch this film years ago, but I really really really really really (is that enough reallys?) wanted to read the book yet. It slipped me mind for years (literally), until I found it at a local charity bookshop. So, I picked it up and let it sit on my shelf for a very long time. Pretty normal for me, if I'm being honest.

Time came around where I wanted to branch out and read something a little different, so I finally picked the book up. Yay me!

Dude, I'm impressed but also wildly confused. So, let's begin:

This book started off super intriguing for me and I was instantly hooked. That changed though, because about half way through it got slower and more boring for me. By the ending, I wasn't as interested. But mighty me wants to watch the movie, so I trapezed on.

Ree is a sixteen year old living with her Mom and her younger brothers. Her Father is into the drugs and has since ran away from the cops. He's being searched for because there's a warrant out for his arrest. Normally, a young sassy girl like Ree wouldn't care, but her jerk face of a Father put their house up as his bail. And, ya know, he isn't gonna show up.

So, Ree decides to go on a journey to find him. Along the way there's triumph and trouble, like anyone expects on an adventurous journey. Oh, and rape and drugs and stuff like that. You know, light hearted stuff (cough cough... sarcasm.... cough cough).

My thoughts?

The setting is stunning. I really love Daniel Woodrell's descriptive way of writing. I was whisked away into another world trying to imagine the stunning scenery he listed. Seriously, that alone deserves a big star. His writing is beautiful.

The isolated location makes it more interesting though, because there's meth heads, drug addicts, and this little slice of life book shows how hard it can be in the wilderness and different areas of the world. It gives U.S.A. vibes, maybe in Alaska, but there's no hard concrete to suggest that. It easily could be up in the Canadian North as well. The language showcases different accents and ways of speaking, which sometimes made it harder to read, but still spoke well of the story. It sent you away to another world for a while, which was really cool.

I liked that a strong female character was in the lead. She does what she needs to do to keep her family safe and doesn't have a squeaky clean life. Bad things have happened to her and she has mistakes littered around. It made me want to weep for her at some parts, because people are cruel. Yet, she stands tall and goes on her journey. She's tough and the kind of female character we need. No shiny, blonde perfection. There is lots of courage though. How else can you survive in the situation she's in?

Overall, this book is really interesting. It's going to be hit and miss for some people due to the language and storyline, but it's still worth the read. I can understand why it got turned into a movie, because it's just so darn good.

Three out of five stars.
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  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
A tale of the Ozarks, the life of the folks there who depend upon stills and crank cookhouses to survive, and a young girl with the guts of a grizzly bear. A stark and gritty story of people struggling to stay alive in an unforgiving landscape. ( )
  MugsyNoir | Jul 19, 2023 |
A beautifully written, raw tale of family and survival. I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. The prose is gorgeous. A short book that packs a hell of a punch. ( )
  amcheri | Jan 10, 2023 |
Great story, harsh but very human. Liked the writing,the language used, both in the dialog and the author’s descriptions. Saw the movie many years ago and liked it - not positive how much that influenced my reading of the book. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
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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. "The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book...his most profound and haunting yet." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

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