I'm not feeling like a full review today so I'll limit this to only a few comments.
*The Ozarks in which this book takes place seem to have nothing in common with the OZARK Netflix show.
*I have no doubt in my mind that life in some areas of the Ozarks is as brutal as it's depicted in this book. Poverty, drug use, tight family units, and long-held multi-generational grudges are just part of the miserable lives examined here.
*I couldn't help but feel for 16 year old Ree who just wanted to join the army and get the hell out of there. Due to her mother's mental illness and her two young siblings, her hands were tied. It's hard to escape family.
*I thought this book was savage with sharp, vivid prose-sometimes so sharp it stabbed me right in the heart.
*I enjoyed WINTER'S BONE, as much as one can enjoy a story this violent and merciless. I look forward to sampling more of Daniel Woodrell's work in the future.
*Recommended for those with the wherewithal to stomach the brutalities of this rural, mountain life. You have been warned!