Bastard Out of Carolina
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Set in the rural South, this tale centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and closeknit clan known for their drinking, fighting, and womanizing. Nicknamed Bone by her Uncle Earle, Ruth Anne is the bastard child of Anney Boatwright, who has fought tirelessly to legitimize her child. When she marries Glen, a man from a good family, it appears that her prayers have been answered. However, Anney suffers a miscarriage and Glen begins drifting. He develops a contentious relationship with Bone and then begins taking sexual liberties with her. Embarrassed and unwilling to report these unwanted advances, Bone bottles them up and acts out her confusion and shame. Unaware of her husband's abusive behavior, Anney stands by her man. Eventually, a violent encounter wrests Bone away from her stepfather. In this first novel, Allison creates a rich sense of family and portrays the psychology of a sexually abused child with sensitivity and insight. Recommended for general fiction collections.
Powerful novel told through the eyes of a 12-year-old abused child. The novel told the story of Ruth Anne Boatwright, who was born a bastard into the wild Boatwright family of Greenville, South Carolina. Ruth Anne, who is known as "Bone" was born to a young unwed mother named Anney who tried to get "illegitimate" removed from Bone's birth certificate without success. Bone was loved by Anney and the rest of the Boatwright clan but then Anney married "Daddy Glen" who winds up abusing Bone both physically and sexually. Bone's experiences were very tragic and this part of the story was very emotional and hard to read. Otherwise, the novel was written with colorful prose and reminded me somewhat of To Kill a Mockingbird but in a much harsher light. I would recommend this one overall but be advised of the brutality described in the novel.
I've had this book on my TBR shelf for over ten years. Finally read it as part of the Oldest TBR Reading & Release Challenge 2016. For now, making available but may later include it in a book box or wild release it.
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