Blogs in May 2023

Just Fine with Caroline 22nd May 2023

A young woman quits university and returns to her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks as her mother’s health deteriorates. There she reconnects with people from her past and meets another one-time resident who has recently returned.

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The Familiar Dark 6th March 2020

‘In other places, the murder of two little girls would have blanketed the entire town in horror. Here, it was just another bad day.’ Eve Taggert’s life has been spent steadily climbing away from her roots. Her mother, a...

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Winter’s Bone 1st January 1970

The dark hills of the Ozarks give this novel a really edgy feel. Ree Dolly is the tough heroine, a teenager, her Father in and out of prison….her Father jumps bail and she sets out on a search for...

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Tomato Red 1st January 1970

The hero of Daniel Woodrell’s Tomato Red is the most endearingly out-of-control loser you’re likely to meet. Sammy Barlach looks like a person “who should in any circumstances be considered a suspect”: clerks follow him through the supermarket when...

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