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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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Extraordinary. This book peeled me like a fruit. ( )
  localgayangel | Mar 5, 2024 |
Just seemed too depressing
  ritaer | Jan 30, 2024 |
great depiction of fucked up families, the South and much more, will rattle one's own memories of childhood ( )
  betty_s | Nov 27, 2023 |
Devastating. There is no happy ending here, despite the hard won knowledge that comes from trauma. The juxtaposed characterization of Aunt Raylene with Mama points towards some hope, or at least wisdom. Mama thinks she can "fix" Daddy Glen through her love. This is false hope, as the cycles of violence and abuse are not stopped by her care for him. Raylene lives alone, a life of her choosing, but takes in the "strays" of the Boatwright family. She loves herself enough to be able to love others. Self-hatred leads only to codependency. There are so many finely wrought details here of what a life of poverty in the South looks like. ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
Very very good but hard to read because it was so intense and bad things happen ( )
  Ermonty | Dec 19, 2022 |
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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.

Removed from the Mt. Abram High School English classes in Salem, Maine (1996) because the language and subject matter (incest and rape) were inappropriate for fifteen-year-olds.
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