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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
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May 30, 07

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Ree Dolly's father put up his family home and property in the rural Ozarks for bail on a meth charge. When he misses his court date, sixteen-year-old Ree, who is responsible for her two younger brothers and her mentally ill mother, must find him before the bondsman takes the family home, so she goes on a quest into the seedy underbelly of the bucolic Midwestern ideal. Woodrell tells of a world unknown to most of us, where families who have lived on the same land for generations still hunt to put food on the table and who make their money cooking crystal meth, the modern equivalent of moonshine. I grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, but I did not know an Ozarks like the one in Winter's Bone. Woodrell's use of language is incredible; the characters speak an antiquated and un-evolved English that is unlike anything I have ever heard or read, and this dialect seeps into the third person narrative, creating an utterly unique literary hybrid. Winter's Bone is one of the best books I've read this year and is at the top of my all-time favorites list. Great stuff.
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message 1: by Julie (new)

Julie I came across your review while researching this book. I was just at the Sundance film festival and saw the movie - BRILLIANT - it won the grand jury prize in the Dramatic competition. After meeting and sitting with Daniel Woodrell during the screening I wanted to see how his book fared among readers - can't wait to read it, thanks for the review!

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