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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
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Nov 13, 07

bookshelves: mystery, male-author
Read in November, 2007

"A picnic of words fell from Gail's mouth to be gathered around and savored slowly."

Winter's Bone is full of poetic language like this. I fell in love with Daniel Woodrell's use of the English language. It is incredible. In this novel, Ree, a teenage girl trying to hold her family together, must find out what happened to her father. If she doesn't the family will lose their house and be left to fend for themselves in the dire Ozark winter. I love the complexity of Ree's character and the setting, which differs greatly from any book I've read before.

Despite the ugliness of the situations in this book, the plot is masterful and beautiful. And you can't help but see the beauty of the human spirit, the strength of the family bond. Phenomenal novel.
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