Winter's Bone: A Novel (Paperback)

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This Southern-Gothic quest novel features masterful writing of the same caliber as Ron Rash or Cormac McCarthy, and a teenaged heroine that is as tough and memorable as any protagonist I've run across in a while... and this in a period when I've been introduced to Lisbeth Salander and Katniss Everdeen. In broad outline, the story is like a meth-fueled version of True Grit, set in a bleak, cold corner of todays' Ozarks. Contemporary yet timeless, horrifying and beautiful, this little book will sock you in the gut. Read it, then see the darn good movie adaptation which cleaned-up at Sundance.

— Chris


Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

"The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book...his most profound and haunting yet." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

About the Author

Five of Daniel Woodrell's published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

Praise For…

"Sometimes brutal, sometimes mordantly
funny, sometimes surprisingly sweet . . .I
just didn't want WINTER'S BONE to
end."—Harper Barnes, St. Louis Post Dispatch

"Woodrell's Old Testament prose and blunt
vision have a chilly timelessness that
suggests this novel will speak to readers as
long as there are readers."—David Bowman, New York Times Book Review

"Heroines this inspiring don't come along
often. When they do, they deserve our
attention."—Vick Boughton, People

"The plot of WINTER'S BONE is
uncomplicated, yet it packs a kind of
biblical, Old West, Cormac McCarthy
wallop--hard and deep."—Michael Heaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A courageous, audacious, resourceful 16-
year-old girl destined to enter the pantheon
of literature's heroines."—Donald Harington, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316131612
ISBN-10: 031613161X
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English

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