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Bastard Out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison
Bastard Out of Carolina
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Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as... show more
Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South Carolina bastard with an annotated birth certificate to tell the tale. Observing everything with the mercilessly keen eye of a child, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that will test the loyalty of her mother, Anney. Her stepfather, Daddy Glen, calls Bone "cold as death, mean as a snake, and twice as twisty," yet Anney needs Glen. At first gentle with Bone, Daddy Glen becomes steadily colder and more furious—until their final, harrowing encounter, from which there can be no turning back.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780452287051 (0452287057)
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Dem rated it
2.0 Bastard Out of Carolina
2.5 Stars Bastard out of Carolina is a tough and harrowing read. Written by Dororthy Allison and set in Allison's home town of Greenville, South Carolina in the 1950s. The story centres around "Bone" Boatwright a girl born fatherless to 15 years old Anney Boatwright and sexually and physically ab...
Lost (in books) in Los Angeles
Lost (in books) in Los Angeles rated it
5.0
Beautifully written and agonizingly heartbreaking. It's clear why Dorothy Allison has been compared to Harper Lee, because Bone is reminiscent in so many ways of Scout, and both Allison and Lee show the good and the bad in southern society. Bone has the love of her family, which is probably the only...
Yuki
Yuki rated it
I didn't like it, but I decided 1 star wouldn't be fair. It's too long. It's heartbreaking, but farfetched - I know it's autobiographical, I know.
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it
4.5 stars I was warned so I knew what I was getting into but this was a difficult read. I felt like I couldn't take my eyes off a car wreck.Ruth Anne, generally known as Bone, is a believable character. She's not a reliable reporter as she's just a young girl with a child's skewed perspective. But s...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
”He pinned me between his hip and the sink, lifting me slightly and bending me over. I reached out and caught hold of the porcelain, trying not to grab at him, not to touch him. No. No. No. He was raging, spitting, the blows hitting the wall as often as they hit me. Beyond the door, Mama was screami...
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