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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
In Winter's Bone, Ree Dolly is a tough 16-year old girl living a life of poverty in the Ozarks. She's raising her two younger brothers in her father's absence and her mother's mental illness. Her father was arrested for running a meth lab, and has skipped bail, putting the family home and acreage up as bail. Ree sets out to bring her father back, dead or alive, to keep the family from becoming homeless as winter approaches. She knows this is her only way to live her dream to eventually leave and join the army, her only escape from her impoverished and violent world. Her search pits her against her own antagonistic relatives and other families who have feuded with the Dolly family for generations. The Seattle Times says, "Winter's Bone is compact, atmospheric and deeply felt, drenched in the sights, sounds and smells of the author's native Ozarks. Woodrell's novels (this is the eighth) tap a ferocious, ancient manner of storytelling, shrewdly combining a poet's vocabulary with the vivid, old-fashioned vernacular of the backwoods. They're forces of nature."
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