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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
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Jan 14, 11

bookshelves: fiction, mystery, rural
Read in August, 2010

Anything I try to say about this book is inadequate. You've seen the critically lauded film version of Winter's Bone, right? Bleak, terrifying, bizarre, brilliant? The book is exactly the same, except it's even better. It's one of the most accurate portrayals of Southern poor rural life I've read (trust that from someone who's seen/lived it up close and personal, kids). It examines the addled messes that meth addicts become, explores the terrifyingly mafia-like, closed-off circles that criminally-inclined, drug-fueled rural families inevitably wend themselves into, and makes a hero out of one girl who refuses to fall into the trap, but who understands that she has to play the game that she was born into in order to come out on top. Winter's Bone is the creepiest thing I've read all year, but it's easily one of the best.

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Daniel Woodrell
“Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered.”
Daniel Woodrell, Winter's Bone

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