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Winter’s Bone: Introduction
Winter’s Bone: Plot Summary
Winter’s Bone: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Winter’s Bone: Themes
Winter’s Bone: Quotes
Winter’s Bone: Characters
Winter’s Bone: Symbols
Winter’s Bone: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Daniel Woodrell
Historical Context of Winter’s Bone
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- Full Title: Winter’s Bone
- When Written: Early 2000s
- Where Written: West Plains, MO
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary fiction
- Genre: Fiction; Country noir; Southern Gothic
- Setting: Ozark Mountains, Missouri
- Climax: Ree’s relatives lead her to an icy pond where her father’s body lies frozen in the water.
- Antagonist: Uncle Teardrop; Merab; nature; methamphetamine
- Point of View: Close third person perspective which tracks Ree Dolly.
Extra Credit for Winter’s Bone
Launching Lawrence. In 2010, an independent film adaptation of Winter’s Bone, written and directed by Debra Granik, was released to great critical acclaim. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for a dramatic film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and subsequently received four 2011 Academy Award nominations. It also helped to launch the career of Jennifer Lawrence, who has since 2015 been the highest-paid actress in the world. Winter’s Bone was filmed on location in rural Missouri on a modest two million dollar budget.
Close to home. Woodrell says he lived “for years” next door to a meth lab in his Ozark hometown, and kept a club at his front door for protection.