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December 03, 2006


Paris Parfait

Excellent review, Terri. Thanks for this! Yes, I know drug use is rife in many communities, but I still find it difficult to believe that if they were making drugs and selling them, they could still be so poor and living that bleak hand-to-mouth existence portrayed in Winter's Bone. I also find it difficult to believe that even the teacher was part of the drug culture and yes, where were social services in all this? Although in the rural mountains of the Ozarks, these communities live so far away from "civilized" society, it's often hard for outsiders to find them - without facing the barrel of a shotgun. The extreme isolation is one reason rural communities like the one depicted in this book can survive and why the long arm of the law - while keeping tabs on them - is reluctant to get involved unnecessarily.

I like your idea of giving the book to a library in a nearby town where it might give some young reader hope. But I'm not sure kids already on drugs are reading. Sigh. A vicious cycle.

Thanks for your valuable points and for contributing your terrific review to Third Day. Please stop by Patry's site Simply Wait soon to vote for the next selection.

tammy vitale

I love reading. I don't know if I could read this book, tho. Maybe in the summer time when the days are warm and long....thanks for the review.


Wow. Your review is beautiful and flowing. I rarely enjoy reviews of a book I've yet to read but I did enjoy yours and now I want to read the book.

I love stories of triumph!


Thanks for the review. I'll be back to read more reviews if you post them. . .


You make me want to buy and read this book today! I believe in the power of the human spirit to overcome anything. I am also fascinated why some rise and other's don't. I believe one person can make a difference.

Pam Aries

I want to read it! THank you! I wish I had it right now..cause it is a chilly rainy day..perfect for a good book!


I read the last quarter of the book too fast to find out what happens! I live in moonshine country and where people grow pot in them thar hills. Rural life is sometimes far removed from the rest of the country.

My post is up.


Tinker...that was a great review and clever way to write "in the last hour" for Sunday Scribblings....smart girl!!


Great review, tinker. I agree with you that the last hour with this book was the best. If I hadn't been reading it for the book club, I might have put it down early on. The characters--aside from Ree and Gail--simply weren't the type I wanted to spend much time with, and the prose, though beautiful, was dense. I'm glad I stuck with it though. The novel will haunt me.


I love the way you wove the book review and the Sunday Scribblings together! Marvelously creative :)

I agree - I did get really caught up in the story during the second half of the book. I think I had adjusted to the dire straits the characters were in, and just wanted to how it was going to turn out.

I will probably also donate my copy - after jotting down in my writing notebook some of those phrases and metaphors that I thought were so well done.

Great review - thanks for sharing :)


Thanks very much for the review. I hope you had a happy Sunday, too.


What an amazing review - seems like you got a lot our of your read - does reviewing, or the prospect of reviewing it alter the way you read in the first place?


Hey Tink!

I must add this to my library ;) Great review!



ooh, i'm gonna try this one! but from the library...it doesn't sound worth buying. p.s. i AM a teenager

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