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Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell

Jennifer Lawrence before the Hunger Games, our heroine Ree Dolly is a teenager taking care of her mentally ill mother and younger siblings in the poorest part of the Ozarks. Her father has just been murdered following a drug deal that went bad and her mother is unable to take care of them. Ree has to find a way to keep her family from starving, they are in danger of becoming homeless and her younger brothers being removed by the state. She also tries to find out who killed her father, putting her own life at risk.
Quotes from Winter’s Bone:

“Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered.” – when the boys are hungry and want to beg for food from the neighbors

“Long, dark, and lovely she had been, in those days before her mind broke and the parts scattered and she let them go.” – Ree’s mother, before her mental health breakdown

“I said shut up once already, with my mouth.” – Ree’s uncle, after punching her

“The men came to mind as mostly idle between nights of running wild or time in the pen, cooking moon and gathering around the spout, with ears chewed, fingers chopped, arms shot away, and no apologies grunted ever. The women came to mind bigger, closer, with their lonely eyes and homely yellow teeth, mouths clamped against smiles, working in the hot fields from can to can’t, hands tattered rough as dry cobs, lips cracked all winter, a white dress for marrying, a black dress for burying, and Ree nodded yup. Yup.” – the hardscrabble, tough unglamorous life in the Ozarks

“The boys crept to her side at early dark to sit around her, mournful, with their heads bowed down like they wished they knew how to pray the oldest prayers and pray her well. Harold held a cool cloth to her swollen eye. Sonny made fists and said, ‘What was the fight about?’ ‘Me bein’ me I guess.’ ‘How many was it?”‘ ‘A few.’ ‘Tell us the names. For when we grow up.” – after Ree is beaten up trying to find out who killed her father

“Whatever are we to do about you, baby girl? Huh?’ ‘Kill me, I guess.’ ‘That idea has been said already. Got’ny other ones?’ ‘Help me. Ain’t nobody said that idea yet, have they?” – Ree & the men deciding if they are going to kill her for trying to find out what happened to her father

“I got my face close up to the man still standing. I let him understand that there was oodles of danger in me; my head wobbled loose, three ticks off center. This scary face is all them such as me has to show this other world, the world in charge of our world, that musters any authority, gets any reluctant respect at all. If us lower elements didn’t show our teeth plenty and act fast to bite, we’d just be soft, loamy dirt anybody could walk on, anytime, and you know they would, too, since even with a show of teeth there’s a grassless path worn clear across our brains and backs.” – Ree standing in front of the bad men and trying to show them she wasn’t afraid, that she was a Dolly who demanded respect

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