REVIEW: Winter’s Bone
Title: WINTER’S BONE
Author: DANIEL WOODRELL
Genre: DOMESTIC FICTION
If, like me, you thought this book was a glimpse into the world of albino porn, then prepare yourself for disappointment.
If, however, you are captivated by a story about Ozark Americans with names like Jessup, Thump Milton and Uncle Teardrop livin’ their white trash best, then this is the book for you.
Our Ozark heroine is Ree Dolly, a sixteen year-old girl who has been relegated to the role of family provider after her meth-head father skips bail. Making things worse is the fact that Ree, her two young brothers and her brain-fried mother will lose their house if Dad doesn’t show for his next court date. Ree sets out on a mission to visit the Dolly clan, one by one, hoping they’ll lead her to the father she swears she will bring home “dead or alive.”
The selling point of this novel for me is in the language. I’ve never read or even heard this version of middle-American speech before, and yet it sounded as familiar to me as my own native New England vernacular. Daniel Woodrell paints his story in such a way that anyone can visualize his world and empathize with his characters despite a lack of familiarity with his words. You don’t have to be a downtrodden teenage girl to understand the pain and desperation of her seemingly fruitless mission to single-handedly save her family.
H.E. Ellis gives WINTER’S BONE 4 out of 5 stars, despite its egregious lack of pasty schwanz.
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