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by Daniel Woodrell

Winter's Bone by Daniel WoodrellTHE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her 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. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley. But the house is all they have, and Ree's father would never forfeit it to the bond company unless something awful happened. With two young brothers depending on her and a mother who's entered a kind of second childhood, sixteen-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive, or else see her family turned out into the unforgiving cold. Along the way to a shocking revelation, Ree discovers unexpected depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.


Publishers Weekly
Woodrell's prose, lyrical as often as dialogic, creates an unwieldy but alluring narrative that allows him to draw moments of unexpected tenderness from predictable scripts: from Ree's fearsome, criminal uncle Teardrop, Ree discovers the unshakable strength of family loyalty; from her friend Gail and her woefully dependant siblings, Ree learns that a faith in kinship can blossom in the face of a bleak and flawed existence. (May 15, 2006)

VOYA - Anita Beaman
But finding the truth has its costs, and Ree realizes that her father's mistakes might cost her her dream. This lyrical and haunting story exposes the dark underside of its scenic setting. Amidst the hills of the Missouri Ozarks, a deadly world of addiction and violence thrives. Woodrell captures Ree's stark surroundings and brutal life as well as her tender love for her unbalanced mother and her vulnerable brothers.

Library Journal
Woodrell's captivatingly resourceful protagonist both enchants and horrifies with her fierce determination to get to the truth of her father's disappearance and to protect her brothers. When she takes on the Dolly family's deep, cancerous control of the meth network, the eruption of violence nearly costs her everything. Woodrell's eighth novel ...exposes the tragedy of crystal meth in rural America in all its brutal ugliness in language that is both razor sharp and grimly gorgeous. Highly recommended. (May 15, 2006)

School Library Journal
In spare but evocative prose, Woodrell depicts a harsh world in which the responsibilities for survival ultimately give Rees meaning and direction. He depicts the landscape, people, and dialects with stunning realism. A compelling testament to how people survive in the worst of circumstances. (August 2006; p. 145)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Harper Barnes
Daniel Woodrell is a classic storyteller, a writer who is able to mold from the raw material of his culture forceful vernacular narrative that is structurally lean, yet embedded with metaphor, symbol and myth. In "Winter's Bone," his fine new novel set among lawless men and women in the Ozarks, an uncommon heroine goes on an age-old quest that is Homeric, not just in its larger mythic scope, but in its close focus on tribalism. (August 6, 2006; p. F8)


  • Booklist: May 1, 2006

  • Kirkus Reviews: May 15, 2006; p. 494

  • New York Times: September 17, 2006

  • Henderson, Jane. "Novelist emerges from cult status writing about underbelly of Ozarks." St. Louis Post-Dispatch; August 6, 2006; p. F8

  • Memmott, Carol. "'Writer's writer' finds a following." USA Today; August 8, 2006; p. 04d


Born March 4, 1953, in Springfield, MO


  • Under the Bright Lights. Holt (New York City), 1986.
  • Woe to Live On. Holt, 1987.
  • Muscle for the Wing. Holt, 1988.
  • The Ones You Do. Holt, 1992.
  • Give Us a Kiss: A Country Noir. Holt, 1996.
  • Tomato Red. Holt, 1998.
  • The Death of Sweet Mister. G.P. Putnam's Sons (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Winter's Bone. Little, Brown and Co (New York, NY), 2006.