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... show more
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.
Publish date: July 11th 2007
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
I felt sorry for Ree throughout this whole novel. The responsibilities and her mannerisms reminded me a thirty-year old woman and here she was just sixteen. She was forced to be the head-of-the-household as the adults in her life have checked out. Her mother is sick and has been for quite some time,...
Just wow. This is a great book. I can't begin to describe Ree, but she's one of the toughest characters I've ever read. And somehow, misery- and violence-filled though Woodrell's Ozarks seem to be, he somehow makes them magical
4.5 starsI love it when I read a book or watch a movie and I discover a new and unique world or community that I was never familiar with before. Daniel Woodrell writes about the tight knit communities in the Missouri Ozark Mountains. I'm almost totally unfamiliar with small American towns like this,...
I checked this book out from my library after someone at one of my author talks raved about it. I enjoyed it so much that I bought my own copy today--I'm certain that I'll reread it. It contains one of the best passages demonstrating the use of description of setting to convey emotion--what MFA'ers ...
Posted at Shelf Inflicted This short novel has many things I enjoy in dark fiction – quirky, dysfunctional characters, a determined heroine struggling to survive and keep her family together, a bleak setting, a sense of hopelessness, people who pay the price for their bad choices. This is a quiet st...