Winter's Bone: A Novel

Paperback | July 11, 2007

byDaniel 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.

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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...

Daniel Woodrell's five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. He lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:July 11, 2007Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316066419

ISBN - 13:9780316066419

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from rugged and real I have had this book for a few years, received from Library Thing for review and waiting in my TBR pile. I just couldn't get into it until today. Today I read the whole thing! It was time and I enjoyed it. This story is rugged, raw, real. It's about a family barely getting by in rural poverty of the Ozarks, a family and community involved in the drug culture for generations. It's about one particular family, a sixteen-year-old girl trying to find her father who skipped bail and disappeared, and the dangers she faces in trying to make sense of things. She's tough, devoted to caring for her ill mother and her two younger siblings and determined to get answers so she can keep her family together. There is realistic strong language and violence in this story, scenes which makes it uncomfortable to read, and yet it was a story that, as I said, I read in one day.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Read How's this for a twist - I read the book because I watched the movie! Obviously the book was better, as is always the case (I still recommend the film, though as it was very well done). This is a great novel about the small-town, redneck, hillbilly (I say that with all respect as I am one myself, although not form the Ozarks) country where your kin is almost the whole town and has been for generations. The characters in this novel are wonderfully developed, be it the hard-boiled, courageous and determined heroine, Ree or the tough-as-nails and fairly terrifying Uncle Teardrop. The landscape, the history and the characters make this a great, dark and twisted novel. If you like this one, check out The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, also a dark tale of the mysteries of the Ozarks.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter's Bone Beautiful and thoughtful.
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Winter's Bone - now I will see the movie. Interesting. Ree is a memorable, strong character in a novel situation. Bleak and scant, like the scenery, but intriguing. Definitely a little different.
Date published: 2012-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from both ugly and beautiful at the same time. Reason for Reading: I enjoyed The Death of Sweet Mister so much I wanted read another book by the author right away. Brilliant! A dark tale of a dirt poor Ozark family. Ree Dolly is 16, with hopes of escaping this life by joining up with the army when she comes of age, but her future plans are turned around when her meth lab running father skips out on his bail with his house and land as collateral leaving Ree alone with two young brothers and a mother who lost her sanity years ago. Ree must find her father before his court date and this takes her over to the other mountain clans who are by blood distantly related but more separated by clan than having any feeling as kin. Her entrance into this ruthless world where secrets to her father's whereabouts lie bring her as close to the ugly, scary truth she's ever been. Beaten and broken with the court date past, Ree has thirty days left to prove her father is dead and couldn't attend the trial, bring forth in her a country girl warrior she never knew she possessed. A book written with beautiful, lyrical words as it describes a life of brutal kill or be killed life. A life where children (especially the boys) are groomed to become criminals from their earliest days with no chance to ever become anything more. In a way this book is a companion piece to The Death of Sweet Mister, where that tells the story of a boy's coming of age in these circumstances without any hope "Winter's Tale" tells the story of a girl's coming of age in more or less the same sort of circumstances and yet she does have hope as her femaleness gives her an edge over her male peers and even though her world is brutal and violent there is also a close family love that exists within that framework which Sweet Mister never got to experience. A sad, dark story of a world where one lives by the unspoken code; where the consequences are to kill or be killed. A gut-wrenching ending that takes some characters down the road to the point of no return while giving others redemption and a chance to break the mold. A tale that is both ugly and beautiful at the same time.
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This story definitely sticks with you after reading the book. Ree Dolly is one the strongest and gutsiest heroines that I have read about in a long time and her uncle Teardrop Dolly is one of the creepiest since Hannibal Lecter.
Date published: 2012-04-04

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"A courageous, audacious, resourceful 16-year-old girl destined to enter the pantheon of literature's heroines."-Donald Harrington, Atlanta Journal Constitution