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Brilliant observation of a life (just) outside the law
on 30 December 2017
Set in the dark, dark, Ozarks, where working class folk don't have much of a life at all, and this overwieght kid who loves his alcoholic mother, and detests his bully of a father has no life at all. When his father ropes him in to his life of petty crime, a reader might wonder why his mother did not just leave and take the boy with her. You might well ask. By the author of Winter's Bone, this is a shorter but just as dark tale. The end when it came was not a surprise, but that didn't make it any pleasanter. Woodrell says he writes about what he knows.... the Ozarks are his home. But even though I got to know these folk well, I wouldn't like to meet them!