Winter's Bone

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: LITTLE BROWN
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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.

"Winter's Bone" is a suspenseful story that lingers long after the book is finished and put away. Woodrell's ability to describe scenes and settings and the anxiety of the human soul is exceptional. The writing is as thrilling as the story and that's an unbeatable combination.

Author Biography

Daniel Woodrell's five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. He lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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Wonderful Story! April 24, 2011
The story of Ree Dolly can be read simply, but there's more to this short novel than the surface plot. The Dollys are descendants of a visionary who saw the Lord's plan in the entrails of a fish and brought them to that forsaken valley, where they degenerated into a tribe of intermarried meth heads. The book takes Ree on an allegorical quest in search of her father. All the elements of classical myth are present: she's fortified in an ancestral cave, protected by talismanic clothing, she confronts the overlords and fights some wicked female monsters in her attempt to find her father. But she's seeking more than her father; she seeks the truth, and with it, her family's salvation. This is a heroic story of Ree's bitter coming of age. The language is brutal and gorgeous.
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