For fans of Cormac McCarthy, a fiercely original tale of love, heartbreak and resilience in the lonely wastes of the American Midwest.
The last time Ree saw her father he didn t bring food or money but promised he d be back soon with a paper sack of cash and a truckload of delights. Since he left, she s had to look after her mother sedated and losing her looks and her two younger brothers. Ree hopes the boys won t turn out like the others in the Ozark mountains hard and mean before they ve learnt to shave.
One cold winter s day, Ree discovers that her father has put up their house as bail and that it ll be sold from under them if he doesn t show up for his trial. Ree knows she needs to find her father to save her family but in a culture riven with secrecy and paranoia her questions are unwelcome and the answers painful.
As Ree faces violence and a strange kind of loyalty she learns about courage and resilience.
This is a startingly vivid portrait of tough people and the unforgiving landscape they inhabit.
It brings us all the satisfactions of crime thriller and mystery...The beauty lies in the loveable and wholly believable character of Ree - Guardian
A suspicion grows that you are reading the sort of book D.B.C Pierre's Vernon God Little might have been, had it been five times as keenly observed and deeply felt - The Times
Woodrell is a marvellous writer - Roddy Doyle
Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed. - Charles Frazier
Reading this will make you feel that you walk on very, very thin ice, and know that chaos is very, very close. Such knowledge has many consequences, one of them is exhilaration. - Niall Griffiths, Observer
Brutal, violent and completely gripping - Independent on Sunday
Daniel Woodrell was born in the Missouri Ozarks, where he still lives. He left school and enlisted in the Marines the week he turned seventeen, and received his BA at the age of twenty-seven. He also has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of eight novels including Winter's Bone, the film of which was nominated for four Oscars in 2011, Woe to Live On, the basis for the film Ride with the Devil directed by Ang Lee, and Tomato Red, which won the PEN West Award for fiction in 1999. Five of his novels have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the year. His most recent novel was The Maid's Version, published by Sceptre in 2013.