Bastard Out of Carolina

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Plume, 1992 - Fiction - 309 pages
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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 "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 up 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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Gritty, beautiful, breathtaking writing. - Goodreads
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I picked this book up at a used bookstore last summer and I devoured it in a matter of days. It was so brutal and honest. The writing was so gripping and the plot was so unforgiving. I got such a good ... Read full review

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This book is brutal. I only read it because I have to teach it next semester and while the writing is evocative, the story is so tragic (rape, child abuse, domestic violence), that my whole reading ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Dorothy Allison is the acclaimed author of the nationally bestselling novel Bastard Out of Carolina, which was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Trash and the bestselling novel Cavedweller, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. The recipient of numerous awards, she lives in Northern California.

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