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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-2011
Read in June, 2011

Although Daniel Woodrell coined the phrase 'country noir' to describe his particular style, Winter's Bone goes beyond any glib attempts to categorize the suspenseful narrative he crafts on canvas of the Ozark's bleak landscape.

Ree Dolly, the unflinchingly real feeling protagonist, is possibly the toughest heroine to walk the pages of American literature since Scarlett O'Hara. She is single minded and ruthless in her quest to learn what has become of her father, thereby protecting her family and their way of life. Woodrell is an incredibly evocative writer, so the reader feels every cold gust of wind on her back and every bloody stump of a tooth knocked out of her mouth. Her grim resolution and staunch realism prevent her from ever becoming a victim, and simultaneously forbid the reader from ever daring to feel sorry for her. In this way, it is a uniquely American story, as Ree shoulders incredible burdens because someone must and because no one else will.

Winter's Bone is a book so well-written that it is not easy to put down once you've started, and equally difficult to forget once it's finished.

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