For fans of Cormac McCarthy, a fiercely original
tale of love, heartbreak and resilience in the lonely wastes of the
The last time Ree saw her father he didn't bring food or money but promised he'd be back soon with a paper sack of cash and a truckload of delights.
Since he left, she's had to look after her mother sedated and losing her looks and her two younger brothers. Ree hopes the boys won't turn out like the others in the Ozark mountains, hard and mean before they've learnt to shave.
One cold winter's day, Ree discovers that her father has put up their house as bail and that it'll be sold from under them if he doesn t show up for his trial.
Ree knows she needs to find her father to save her family but in a culture riven with secrecy and paranoia her questions are unwelcome and the answers painful. As Ree faces violence and a strange kind of loyalty she learns about courage and resilience.
This is a startlingly vivid portrait of tough people and the unforgiving landscape they inhabit.
About The Author
Daniel Woodrell is the author of several novels including Woe To Live On, which was filmed as Ride with the Devil, directed by Ang Lee and starring Toby Maguire. His family have lived in the Ozarks since the Civil War.
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Comments about Winter's Bone:
I really enjoyed Winter's Bone. I have not seen the movie, and didn't really know what to expect going into it, but was captivated from the beginning. I could almost feel the snow and wind, and although none of the characters are particularly likable to start, I found them growing on me and I was genially cheering for them toward the end. It's not a big book, and can be read in one or two sittings, but it is well worth it.
'It brings us all the satisfactions of crime thriller and mystery...The beauty lies in the loveable and wholly believable character of Ree' [Guardian]'A suspicion grows that you are reading the sort of book D.B.C Pierre's Vernon God Little might have been, had it been five times as keenly observed and deeply felt' [The Times]'Woodrell is a marvellous writer' [Roddy Doyle]'Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed.' [Charles Frazier]'Reading this will make you feel that you walk on very, very thin ice, and know that chaos is very, very close. Such knowledge has many consequences, one of them is exhilaration.' [Niall Griffiths, Observer]
Number Of Pages: 193
Published: 1st February 2007
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.153