Winter's Bone

A Novel

Woodrell, Daniel

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Winter's Bone
Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree Dolly learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date.

Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2007
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316066419
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Characteristics: 193, 11 p. ; 21 cm.


From Library Staff

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 20, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A bleak portrayal of poverty and violence in the meth-ridden culture of the rural Ozarks. Woodrell gives us a strong character in this protagonist, a teenage girl maneuvering through the hazards of her dysfunctional family and the outlaw atmosphere that threatens the only life she knows.

Oct 18, 2014
  • vulture1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Having lived in the Ozarks for many years, as a child and as an adult, I did not particularly like this book. As another reader commented, it does tend to stereotype Ozark dwellers and intermarriers. Not true! The book also gives the impression that people in the O0zarks are either illiterate or semiliterate which is also not true. Poor they may be, but they are not ignorant, although they are slow to accept modern ways of thinking and are definitely not very cosmopolitan. Also the writer seemed to focus on the use of amphetamines and that also is a stereotype. Meth labs cropped up in different areas and were in full bloom during the eighties and into the nineties. (One reason I moved away!) Incidents such as the physical beating of Ree was a very uncommon thing. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone, unless they were absolutely desperate for reading material!

Oct 04, 2014
  • Kysmom6 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting book. I don't typically read material that has such a dark and depressing tone but this was necessary for a class. I was absolutely wowed. My greatest disappointment with this book was the end but I appreciate a bit more closure when it comes to the ending of a story. Overall I would recommend this as a great read to just about anyone!

Jul 09, 2013
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie version a few years back starring the talented though still-yet-unknown Jennifer Lawrence, and that appreciation eventually led me back to Daniel Woodrell's original work.
Winter's Bone, the novel, works well because it primarily focuses on the inner life and desperate psychological struggle of the protagonist, Ree Dolly. The plot moves things along but is ultimately secondary to how all of it affects Ree. The same is true for the austere southern Missouri Ozark setting. I also thought that Woodrell expertly balanced the hurried tension of Ree scrambling to save her family home from a bail bond snafu and the frustrating, unhurried pace of rural life.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's very dark and Gothic and most of the time is spent on characterization and building atmosphere, but it is an excellent book. It is not for children, needless to say, even though the main character is basically a child in the eyes of the law. It talks of impoverishment and a code all their own. It's very different than what I usually read and heavy on the purple prose to understand the wintry Ozarkian landscape and the equally cold attitudes of both neighbours and family. Everything is talked about in such a muted way, but the content is just so vivid and described so articulately that Woodrell deserves all the acclaim he received and more. It's a short enough read, so I would recommend it to pretty much anyone above a certain age.

Mar 17, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Woodrell is an authentic author whose writing is really tremendous. This is a story about a harsh life met with loyalty and courage. Highly recommended!

Oct 25, 2012
  • FannieD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book when it came out - the characters were so vivid. About to reread it.

Mar 14, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book for a class, and I really didn't like it. The only good things about this book were Ree, Gail, and Ree's 2 younger brothers. The rest of the book was really creepy and weird. It also seems to stereotype Missouri, so now everyone probably thinks everyone that lives in Missouri does meth and marries their cousins, which is totally not true! The ending was a surpprise, but also a cliff-hanger. Overall, I would not recommend this book.

Feb 15, 2012
  • JustynaN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This should be mandatory reading for 16-year old highschool students - most of them have it so much better than the main character in this book and don't appreciate it. Ree inspires to stop whining and "deal with it".

Oct 04, 2011
  • Christine1973 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the story. You feel the desperation in the character and see how generations of people with little to no education feel helpless and succumb to a life of crime in order to survive.

View All Comments


Add a Notice

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Alcohol, tobacco smoking, crystal meth, and marijuana are all used by various characters throughout the book.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are a number of vivid intense scenes, some quite horrific. (I cannot describe them on account that they would potentially spoil the novel.)

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There are direct and indirect mentions of premarital sexuality and brief mentions of incest.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: A lot of violence throughout, including towards women.

May 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of cussing throughout.


Add Age Suitability

Mar 14, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

KKPGIRL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


Add a Summary

May 31, 2013
  • rushun rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Found title in a Patterson book. A short read. Story in poverty mountains of Arkansas about a young girl facing eviction from her house with two very young siblings who need to find her dead father to save her house. Hard life. Good ending.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL


Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

Winter's Bone
Woodrell, Daniel
Winter's Bone

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.

I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further

Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings