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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
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Sep 15, 08

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This was one of the few books that has ever effected me with such immense emotion. This is a very powerful book. It’s about family, poverty and growing up in the south in the 50’s. It’s about a young girl (Ruth Anne or Bone as everyone calls her) who was born without knowing her father. A young girl whose birth certificate is stamped “illegitimate”. Every year her mama goes back to the court house to get them to remove the stamp. An action of pure love and determination to make things right for her daughter. Early in her life, Bone is raised with great support from a large southern family. They may be poor, but they are there for each other. And then “Daddy Glen” comes in the picture and Bone’s life is turned upside down. All the love that she knows has become twisted and unfamiliar and her life is changed forever. This book definitely moved me and is one I will not forget. Highly recommend.

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