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Bastard Out of Carolina

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'About as close to flawless as any reader could ask for' The New York Times Book Review

'For anyone who has ever felt the contempt of a self-righteous world, this book will resonate within you like a gospel choir. For anyone who hasn't, this book will be an education' Barbara Kingsolver

Carolina in the 1950s, and Bone - christened Ruth Anna Boatwright - lives a happy life, in and out of her aunt's houses, playing with her cousins on the porch, sipping ice tea, loving her little sister Reece and her beautiful young mother. But Glen Waddell has been watching them all, wanting her mother too, and when he promises a new life for the family, her mother gratefully accepts. Soon Bone finds herself in a different, terrible world, living in fear, and an exile from everything she knows.

Bastard Out of Carolina is a raw, poignant tale of fury, power, love and family.

This editon contains an introduction by the author. Dorothy Allison was awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, and has been likened to Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner and Harper Lee.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 247g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141391545
  • 9780141391540
  • 49,333

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For anyone who has ever felt the contempt of a self-righteous world, this book will resonate within you like a gospel choir. For anyone who hasn't, this book will be an education Barbara Kingsolver
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For anyone who has ever felt the contempt of a self-righteous world, this book will resonate within you like a gospel choir. For anyone who hasn't, this book will be an education * Barbara Kingsolver * Dorothy Allison has an elegantly unpretentious style, raw intensity, and a great big heart. In Bastard out of Carolina she tells a horrific story without malice or self-pity. I read her work with admiration and respect -- Blanche McCrary Boyd
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About Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and is the author of several critically acclaimed and bestselling books, including Cavedweller and Trash. Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She lives in northern California.
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33,112 ratings
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4 39% (13,073)
3 17% (5,782)
2 4% (1,243)
1 1% (441)
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