Patry Francis and I have agreed that I will host the December 3rd "meeting" of her Third Day Book Club. We will be discussing Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell. It's less than 200 pages, so it is hoped you can set aside some reading time from your busy schedules. Later this month, I will post some questions to consider for discussion. Then on or before Sunday, Dec. 3, please e-mail me your link so that I can post your review on my blog, or link to your review on your own blog.
I bought this book in July in London, because not only did it look interesting, its covers featured recommendations of respected writers, including Roddy Doyle, Annie Proulx and Charles Frazier. Most of all I was enthralled with Woodrell's descriptive language:
"The world seemed huddled and hushed and her crunching steps cracked loud as ax whacks. As she crunched past houses built on yon slopes yard dogs barked faintly from under porches but none came into the cold to make a run at her and flash teeth. Smoke poured from every chimney and was promptly flattened east by the wind."
And from the book jacket:
"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 - dependent on pills and losing her looks - and her two younger brothers. Ree hopes the boys won't turn out like the others in the Ozark Hills - 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 will be sold from under them if he doesn't show up at court. Ree knows she needs to find her father to save her family but in an isolated culture riven with long-running feuds her questions aren't welcome."
Please join Patry and me in reading Winter's Bone and discussing it on our blogs on December 3rd.