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Bastard Out of Carolina
 
 
Author
Dorothy Allison.
Publisher Plume  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780452269576
Pages/Publication Date 309/1993
Daedalus Item Code 31082
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(1992 National Book Award Finalist) Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place, and home to the Boatwright family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age too quickly. At the heart of Dorothy Allison's astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South Carolina bastard with an annotated birth certificate to tell the tale. Observing everything with a mercilessly keen eye, the child becomes caught in a family triangle between her mother, Anney, and her stepfather, Daddy Glen, who calls Bone "cold as death, mean as a snake, and twice as twisty."

"Set in the rural South, this tale centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and close-knit 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."—Library Journal

 
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