Book Review: Winter’s Bone

Winter's BoneWinter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow – this book was beautiful & heartbreaking. I put it on hold at the library ages ago, due to a suggestion on a blog I read, and it took forever to arrive.

It wasn’t long, but it was intense. I don’t want to give too much away, but the coming of age story centers on a teenage girl who has to care for both her two younger brothers as well as her “crazy” mom. Her father has – again – gone missing. He’s a meth cook, and has done some time, and sometimes just leaves. She has to find him & get him to court on his court date so that the house she lives, which her dad put up as bond, won’t be forfeit.

The story is set in the Ozarks, dear the Arkansas border. It’s written in the vernacular of the region, and although I’ve never personally been there (at least not the parts that aren’t a resort) or known anyone from there, it was authentic (probably due to the fact that the author is from the area).

The simple language told a very powerful story. I know this is a fancy, Academy award nominated movie (right? I’m right about that, aren’t I?), but I almost don’t want to see it, so as to not to ruin the beauty of the book.

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