Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Set in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, the story follows a determined, hard-bitten teenage girl who, in the face of her drug-dealing father's disappearance, takes on the responsibility of caring for her two younger siblings and mentally ill mother. When she learns their house will be taken away unless her father shows up for his court date, she embarks on a dangerous journey through the criminal underworld to find him, encountering violence and betrayal along the way.

The 6730th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 126

Since this book was first published in 2006, there is a penalty of 51.2%. The age adjusted score is 61.49.

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