Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy AllisonGreenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family—a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard-drinking men who shoot up each others trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather Daddy Glen, cold as death, mean as a snake, becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney—and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning back.
Bastard Out of Carolina
Thank you! She will also try to make a decent home for her two daughters, marrying Glen Waddell, who--the black sheep of a prominent local family--admires the heavy-drinking, brawling Boatwright men. Though the family triangle is the dramatic center of the novel, the narrative meanders through the story of the Boatwright clan. Bone reflects on her strong and independent if hard-treated aunts and appreciates family strength, love, and loyalty while recognizing that the outside world sees the Boatwrights as antisocial trash. Compassionate if not very compelling; after the often searing power of Allison's short stories, she seems not to have claimed her voice so much as tamed it. There was a problem adding your email address.
Sometime soon after reading Dorothy Allison's novel "Bastard Out of Carolina," I attended a writers' conference where I met a number of publishing industry professionals. Talk at such a conference naturally revolved around books, and I found myself mentioning "Bastard Out of Carolina" several times as a book I had recently read and found extraordinary. In a number of the subsequent conversations, the topic of lesbianism came up, with one agent expressing admiration for the book "except for the lesbian stuff. I was confused about this for some time, given that there is hardly any "lesbian stuff" at all in the novel. But now, after reading Ms. The author is a lesbian, a fact that all those publishing insiders knew and of which I was unaware.
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Author Dorothy Allison is in San Diego this week. Her semi-autobiographical novel, "Bastard Out Of Carolina," is a fierce, compelling description of child abuse, family dynamics and poverty. It has become a classic of its genre. Reading Allison's prose, it is difficult to tear your eye off the page, however painful the story being told. Allison is in town to speak to aspiring authors at the Grossmont College Literary Arts Festival, and she's here in studio with us. John in for Maureen Cavanaugh. Arthur Dorothy Allison is in San Diego this week.