Friday, April 12, 2013

[Book Review] WINTER'S BONE by Daniel Woodrell


Andrea reviews WINTER'S BONE by Daniel Woodrell (Little Brown and Company, 2006)
Ree Dolly is a force not to be reckoned with. At 17 years old, she is already taking care of the household, which includes her mentally ill mother and two younger brothers. Ree’s dreams of joining the army are squelched when her crank-cooking father, Jessup, skips a court hearing and disappears into the cold, dark Ozark night.

Finding out that Jessup put the family shack down for bond, Ree is determined to find her father before the law does so her family will have a place to live.

Filled with gruesome and shady characters along her search, Ree finds out the hard way that families stick together… no matter what.

Winter’s Bone is a grisly tale that is not for the weak stomached. Just the same, this novel has won several literary awards and has been compared to Homer’s Odyssey and Antigone. Readers will not forget Ree Dolly and her plight.

Andrea King, Poplar-White Station Library

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