Bastard Out of Carolina

by Dorothy Allison

Loren Poley: This book tells the story of a poor, illegitimate girl who experiences the pain of emotional and physical abuse within a tortured southern family. The story is told in a first person narrative through “Bone”, the young girl. The book reads like biography rather than fiction; and after researching the author, I can understand why. The characters were powerfully depicted, and the writing is beautiful even though the subject matter is disturbing.
Rating: ****

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