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Bastard out of Carolina

by Dorothy Allison

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Bone, an illegitimate child in a family of social outcasts, sees her mother's happiness with her new husband and will not tell when the stepfather begins abusing her in the 1950s.
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This book crushed me. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This was both funny and harrowing. I thought the voice was great and the characters memorable, the writing a pleasure to read. I'm sure it's got flaws that I didn't notice or overlook, but I thought it was a great read -- the best of the year so far for me. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I can't rate this book yet. It's compelling and also deeply, bitterly sad.
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Good, but also very tough. It leaves a lot of threads dangling, which feels right for the story Allison really caught me up with Anney as the strong mother that I found I was really eliding her complicity in everything that was happening, right up to the end. That whiplash reversal in feeling hit me incredibly powerfully; it was extremely effective at making me see what I had been allowing myself to overlook. ( )
  Going_To_Maine | Nov 28, 2020 |
I had a really hard time reading this. There were a lot of crying breaks. ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
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Allison, DorothyAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaye, Michael IanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lange, DorotheaPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stathakis, Steven N.Designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.

—James Baldwin
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For Mama
Ruth Gibson Allison
1935–1990
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I've been called Bone all my life, but my name's Ruth Anne.
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Bone, an illegitimate child in a family of social outcasts, sees her mother's happiness with her new husband and will not tell when the stepfather begins abusing her in the 1950s.

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This book is fiction, but it comes so real with the feeling of an amateur autobiography. The author is so descriptive, she takes you to the time and place and puts you right there watching it all happen. It was a very captivating, but sad story.
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