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BOOKSHOTS REVIEW: Something deep in the bones


The Maid's Version


Who wrote it?

Daniel Woodrell, the authoritative voice of Ozarks noir.


Plot in a box:

A young boy processes his grandmother's version of a catastrophic event in West Table, Missouri.



Invent a new title for this book:

How I Learned to Start Worrying and Question the Bomb


Read this if you liked: 

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner


Meet the book's lead:

Alek Dunahew, the soft-spoken, but inquisitive termination of the Dunahew bloodline


Said lead would be portrayed in a movie by:

Haley Joel Osment, 10 years ago.


Setting: Would you want to live here?

Doubtful, for so many reasons. Woodrell's Ozarks are no picnic, and a place where so many people run screaming from the truth doesn't sound great for a writer.


What was your favorite sentence?

He had intended to become a murderer this night but recoiled when engaged in the act, repulsed by the feeling in his hands and the forlorn grunts from his own chest and the shock delivered him by Glencross's abject acceptance of the assault.


The Verdict: 


Read the rest of John's review here!