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Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell Kaye Gibbons came to mind while reading this. If this is any indication, Woodrell, like Gibbons, is a master of the pitch-perfect, colloquial sort of story in which the characters are variations on a theme of place, and one character becomes its heart and voice. Here it's the Ozark outback, and a girl called Ree. Rival clans once steeped in moonshine are now making meth. Ree finds herself caught in a feud and left to head a household after her father disappears. When he fails to make a court date, she suspects he's been murdered but must prove it to keep the powers that be from taking away the house that he posted as bail. Woodrell calls it a semi-Southern, kinda gothic drama, and I'd add lyrical. The movie is very good but no movie can fully convey the language of the storytelling. It's a compelling story, but the book is worth reading just to hear it told.