Patron Review: The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

maidsversionIn “The Maid’s Version” the author of Winter’s Bone combines a mystery with a family story, lyrical descriptive prose, and character studies, all of which evoke pity, sympathy, and horror. Like Woodrell’s other books it is set in the Ozarks, but this one is less isolated in tone and character than previous works. He incorporates a real event, a tragic explosion at a dance hall, as the catalyst for the family and social conflicts. I was unaware of the historical background, though I suspected as much; I was so involved in the story that I stayed up late to finish reading and didn’t look it up until later. Highly recommended.

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