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Allison spikes her critically acclaimed first novel, a National Book Award nominee, with pungent characters, and saturates it with a sense of its setting--Greenville, S.C.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Set in the rural South, this tale centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and closeknit clan known for their drinking, fighting, and womanizing. Nicknamed Bone by her Uncle Earle, Ruth Anne is the bastard child of Anney Boatwright, who has fought tirelessly to legitimize her child. When she marries Glen, a man from a good family, it appears that her prayers have been answered. However, Anney suffers a miscarriage and Glen begins drifting. He develops a contentious relationship with Bone and then begins taking sexual liberties with her. Embarrassed and unwilling to report these unwanted advances, Bone bottles them up and acts out her confusion and shame. Unaware of her husband's abusive behavior, Anney stands by her man. Eventually, a violent encounter wrests Bone away from her stepfather. In this first novel, Allison creates a rich sense of family and portrays the psychology of a sexually abused child with sensitivity and insight. Recommended for general fiction collections.
-Kimberly G. Allen, National Assn. of Home Builders Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This Book I could not put down! Worth your time to read. Bone is the truest heroine that I have ever read! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Christina
Describing the plot of Dorothy Allison's "Bastard Out of Carolina" using the narrow parameters offered by Amazon reviews as either "Predictable" containing... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Michael P. Beblowski
This book left such an impression on me. It is a powerful story of love and abuse, of heartbreak and strength. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
It saddens me that, in this century, there is still censorship of books, including ones as intense and honest as this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christine Bodden
This book will stay with me forever. Ms. Allison, you drive the point home with characters that come to life in three dimentions. I wish to be half the writer you are! Read morePublished 1 month ago by carolaird
Really a terrific read, albeit difficult to get through at times. 90% is a nice first person slice of life through the eyes of a poor southern girl growing up in rural South... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Elliott
This is one of those rare novels that lets the reader know from the first chapter that there will be no neat, tidy resolution to anything in the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pushed 60
This was so good. Sometimes i had to put it down because her hurt was so painful.Published 2 months ago by Deborah Gaulf