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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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I think it was courageous to tell this sickening story of abuse & poverty, but i wished it could have been something more than the suffering. Really depressing. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
A Book worth reading and teaching

A hard to read, but so important to read and discuss. The 20th Anniversary edition has an Afterword in which the author discusses her choice of writing a novel instead of a memoir. In other asks, "Who would beat a child? Who would rape a child?" When her book was banned from being used in a Maine high school she felt discouraged , and I was disappointed to learn that this happened fairly recently. This is an important book to discuss, and hopefully some day those questions will be rarely asked.
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1 vote Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
This was a very engaging book. It started out a bit slow, but ended up engrossing. I liked how complex a character Bone was, and the side characters were memorable. It deals with some heavy topics, but overall I would recommend it. Especially if you are interested in books about the south. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Jul 1, 2020 |
I loved this book so much! I'm familiar with the community she writes about, and I've never read anything that captured it better. Or much else that has tried, for that matter. In addition to her description of class in the south, she also presents the thoughts and concerns of a child so well, in a way that transcends the setting of the book. A classic for a reason. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book despite the fact that it was difficult to read. The hard-living family manages to persevere in the face of constant hardship, and the central character, Bone, radiates a strength that lets the reader know that she will be okay after the story ends. ( )
  Melwilk | Mar 19, 2020 |
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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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