Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
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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.
 

About Daniel Woodrell

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Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight 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.
 
Published July 11, 2007 by Back Bay Books. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s an odyssey rich with echoes of Inman’s journey in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, the homicidal poetry of Cormac McCarthy’s tense narratives (with random bits and snatches of Elmore Leonard and Harry Crews), as Ree doggedly perseveres, querying her sullen and inscrutable Uncle Teardrop, her...

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In Daniel Woodrell’s novel, a girl combs the Ozarks for her missing father.

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The Guardian

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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell 193pp, Sceptre, £12.99 "The world seemed huddled and hushed and her crunching steps cracked loud as axe whacks ...

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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell Sceptre £12.99, pp193 This is Daniel Woodrell's seventh novel and his fourth set in the Ozark Mountains, one of those American regions 'that the world at large has decided to pass by', to quote John Williams from his forthcoming book, Back to the Badlands.

Jul 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Winter's Bone: A Novel

BC Books

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When her daddy goes missing, sixteen year old Ree Dolly goes searching the badlands for him in order to survive.

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The author has written seven other novels, and I’m going to read them all, but I’m going to sandwich them between some sweetness and light and inane because the truth Woodrell writes about is dark and disturbing and true.

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Sixteen year old Ree Dolly has got one of the hardest lives I’ve ever heard of.

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Examiner

Never ask for what ought to be offered.” Ree is tough, so tough that one might wonder if she too might not be a bit crazy (she’s not).

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Kings River Life

Her father’s only brother, Uncle Teardrop, has strictly told Ree not to go looking for him, giving Ree only more desire to find him.

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Monsters and Critics

When Ree Dolly\'s father skips bail, the 16-year-old knows if he doesn\'t show up to answer the drug charges against him, her family will lose their home.

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Savannah Now

Unwilling to see her family split up if they lose the family's meager homestead, Ree sets out to find Jessup and make him keep his court date.

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