First Sentence: Ree Dolly stood at break of day on her cold front steps and smelled coming flurries and saw meat.
What a great book this is. You can tell from the opener that there’s a hint of Cormac McCarthy here. You can also tell from the opener that it is not your run of the mill writing style. Often poetic and brutal, this is a beautifully written novel. Set in the Ozarks, it tells the story of teenager Ree Dolly whose father has been missing for some time. Left alone to look after her ailing mother and two younger brothers, she sets out to find him when she discovers that they will lose their home if he does not turn up for a court appearance. She is fearful for their future and worries that her brothers will be
Dead to wonder by age twelve, dulled to life, empty of kindness, boiling with mean.
Such is life in this desolate place. And so begins a memorable tale of woe and misfortune, one which really makes you feel for the protagonist, a girl who is instantly likable. This is one of those great books, similar to Everything Ravaged Everything Burned in the way that it can picked up and read on pretty much any page, just to savour the gorgeous use of language. A real treat.
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