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Winter's Bone

A Novel
Woodrell, Daniel (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.
Authors: Woodrell, Daniel
Title: Winter's bone
a novel
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
Characteristics: 193, 11 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Daniel Woodrell
Notes: "Reader's pick guide inside"--Cover
Summary: Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.
ISBN: 9780316066419
0316066419
Branch Call Number: FICTION WOODRELL 2007
Subject Headings: Teenage girls Fiction Fugitives from justice Fiction Fathers and daughters Fiction Dysfunctional families Fiction Ozark Mountains Fiction Rural families Fiction Mountain life Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Teenage girls
Fugitives from justice
Fathers and daughters
Dysfunctional families
Rural families
Mountain life
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Ree Dolly just wants to save her family from destitution. Her father, is due in court but is nowhere to be found. If he doesn't show up they will lose everything. So she sets out with her sick mother and 2 brothers to find him. Will she find him in time?

Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.


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Jul 09, 2013
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie version a few years back starring the talented though still-yet-unknown Jennifer Lawrence, and that appreciation eventually led me back to Daniel Woodrell's original work.
Winter's Bone, the novel, works well because it primarily focuses on the inner life and desperate psychological struggle of the protagonist, Ree Dolly. The plot moves things along but is ultimately secondary to how all of it affects Ree. The same is true for the austere southern Missouri Ozark setting. I also thought that Woodrell expertly balanced the hurried tension of Ree scrambling to save her family home from a bail bond snafu and the frustrating, unhurried pace of rural life.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's very dark and Gothic and most of the time is spent on characterization and building atmosphere, but it is an excellent book. It is not for children, needless to say, even though the main character is basically a child in the eyes of the law. It talks of impoverishment and a code all their own. It's very different than what I usually read and heavy on the purple prose to understand the wintry Ozarkian landscape and the equally cold attitudes of both neighbours and family. Everything is talked about in such a muted way, but the content is just so vivid and described so articulately that Woodrell deserves all the acclaim he received and more. It's a short enough read, so I would recommend it to pretty much anyone above a certain age.

Mar 17, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Woodrell is an authentic author whose writing is really tremendous. This is a story about a harsh life met with loyalty and courage. Highly recommended!

Oct 25, 2012
  • FannieD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book when it came out - the characters were so vivid. About to reread it.

Mar 14, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book for a class, and I really didn't like it. The only good things about this book were Ree, Gail, and Ree's 2 younger brothers. The rest of the book was really creepy and weird. It also seems to stereotype Missouri, so now everyone probably thinks everyone that lives in Missouri does meth and marries their cousins, which is totally not true! The ending was a surpprise, but also a cliff-hanger. Overall, I would not recommend this book.

Feb 15, 2012
  • JustynaN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This should be mandatory reading for 16-year old highschool students - most of them have it so much better than the main character in this book and don't appreciate it. Ree inspires to stop whining and "deal with it".

Oct 04, 2011
  • Christine1973 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the story. You feel the desperation in the character and see how generations of people with little to no education feel helpless and succumb to a life of crime in order to survive.

Sep 15, 2011
  • gwsuperfan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found Winters Bone stark and haunting. A vivid glimpse into a life that many people would love to pretend doesn't exist in America. The writing style matched the subject and story perfectly.

Saw the film and wanted to read the book. The book is hard to put down although sometimes you just want to look away. Great writing on a layer of America not often visited in novels.

Jul 09, 2011
  • darkandstormynight rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Truly memorable & the movie measures up too. Unique storyline and characters.

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Mar 14, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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May 31, 2013
  • rushun rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Found title in a Patterson book. A short read. Story in poverty mountains of Arkansas about a young girl facing eviction from her house with two very young siblings who need to find her dead father to save her house. Hard life. Good ending.

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May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Alcohol, tobacco smoking, crystal meth, and marijuana are all used by various characters throughout the book.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are a number of vivid intense scenes, some quite horrific. (I cannot describe them on account that they would potentially spoil the novel.)

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There are direct and indirect mentions of premarital sexuality and brief mentions of incest.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: A lot of violence throughout, including towards women.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of cussing throughout.

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