Daniel Woodrell writes as well from a woman's perspective as Patricia Highsmith writes from a man's perspective. Winter's Bone explores a meth-plagued community in the Ozarks, and is the epitome of rural noir.
"The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book...his most profound and haunting yet." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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 the Author
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.
"The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book. . .his most profound and haunting yet."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Sometimes brutal, sometimes mordantly funny, sometimes surprisingly sweet . . .I just didn't want WINTER'S BONE to end."—St. Louis Post Dispatch
"Woodrell's Old Testament prose and blunt vision have a chilly timelessness that suggests this novel will speak to readers as long as there are readers."—New York Times Book Review
"Daniel Woodrell has produced another stunner, a bleak, beautifully told story about the inescapable bonds of land and blood--fiction at its finest."—Kansas City Star
"Heroines this inspiring don't come along often. When they do, they deserve our attention."—People
"The plot of WINTER'S BONE is uncomplicated, yet it packs a kind of biblical, Old West, Cormac McCarthy wallop--hard and deep."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A courageous, audacious, resourceful 16-year-old girl destined to enter the pantheon of literature's heroines."—Donald Harrington, Atlanta Journal Constitution