Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell
Ooh, this is a goodie! The deceptively simple prose masks a suberb, hard-hitting writing style which makes you want to re-read passages for the sheer beauty of the writing. Set amidst the desolate Ozark Hills of Southern Missouri, this is the story of feisty teenager, Ree Dolly, who undertakes the daunting task of tracking down her feckless father before he breaks the terms of his bail and loses the family home. Ree already lives on the edge, trying to keep the wolf from the door and she is advised in no uncertain terms to give up the search for her father.
This is a short but powerful novel with the pace and intensity of an excellent thriller coupled with the elegant prose of a literary novel. Expect blood, gore, anarchy, drugs – who said it was quiet in the sticks?? I believe there has been a highly acclaimed movie adaptation so that is next on the to be watched list. Definitely my top read for 2012, I have to read more from this author.