Bastard Out Of Carolina (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Bastard Out Of Carolina (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Dorothy Allison


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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Tired of being labeled white trash, Ruth Anne Boatwright--a South Carolina bastard who is attached to the indomitable women in her mother's family--longs to escape from her hometown, and especially from Daddy Glen an

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613180665
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 03/28/1993
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dorothy Allison is the bestselling author of several novels including Bastard Out of Carolina, Cavedweller, and Two Or Three Things I Know For Sure, which are available from Brilliance Audio. The recipient of numerous awards, she has been the subject of many profiles and a short documentary film of her life, Two or Three Things but Nothing For Sure. She lives in San Francisco.

What People are Saying About This

Barbara Kingsolver

"For anyone who has ever felt the contempt of a self-righteous world, this book will resonate within you like a gospel choir. For anyone who hasn't, this book will be an education."

Blanche McCrary Boyd

"Dorothy Allison has an elegantly unpretentious style, raw intensity and a great big heart. In Bastard Out of Carolina she tells a horrific story without malice or self-pity. I read her work with admiration and with respect."

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Bastard Out of Carolina 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Bastard Out of Carolina tells the tale of a young girl named Bone. Hers is a tale of physical and sexual abuse that grows steadily more violent until the explosive end of the book. It's also about her family, the Boatwrights. The big scary uncles, who adore Bone, are always drunk and shoot up each others trucks for fun. And the aunts, who always stick together whether they are picking over beans or taking care of each others children. Bone is a happy little girl until her mother gets married to Daddy Glen. Daddy Glen is very gentle with Bone at first. Things gradually go bad though when he starts physically abusing and molesting Bone. Bastard Out of Carolina is about the decisions we all make and the effects of those decisions on your children. It's about the meaning of family and loyalty. This is a serious book dealing with some hard subject matter. It's never easy to read about abuse, especially when it's a child involved, but Bastard Out of Carolina is definitely worth a read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It kept me turning the pages wanting to see what would happen to Bone. I was so angry at times, the book brought so many emotions out of me. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was very realistic and it left me thinking even after it ended. I would read it again too, it was that good. It made me think of our society and what we need to do to protect and save girls like Bone. Please read the book but be prepared some parts will make you laugh and others will make you angry and emotional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very difficult for me to read this book, learning what Bone had to go through. I felt the writing and character development was excellent. I grew up in the Carolinas, and I would not be surprised at how many 'real' domestic situations exist, that are exactly like this one. I no longer live in the South, and although I am proud to have grown up there and love my family, some of the 'backwoods' thought processes are far too common there. I was very unsympathetic to the young mother in this story, and the way that she dealt with Bone's abusive relationship with Glen. I hated Glen's character, but I hated the young mother even more for allowing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story pulled me right in, I was so concerned for the little girl I had to keep reading to find out her fate. However, this was a very depressing and somewhat disturbing. There were parts of the book that made feel so lonely, just like the character I was reading about. If you like dysfunctional and realistic, you will love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd rank this book as a classic of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' caliber. Both stories deal, and unflinchingly so, with taking a hard look at why we make the choices we make, and how those choices mold us and affect the ones around us, especially our children. I believe Dorothy Allison once said that if the writer tells enough about a character, there's a chance that the reader may love them. I found myself fascinated by each of these characters and thought the manner in which Allison probes their individual thought processes was exceptional, especially given that this is a first-person narrative. That's how you can tell this is autobiographical. Bone's understanding of those around her, especially her mother, shows us that Allison has given the situations she's lived through a lot of thought even before she picked up a pen. The reader may given into their own anger, especially during the final harrowing chapters, but Dorothy does not. She transcends it. That makes for a story that will burn into your memory. A cliche, I know, but you CANNOT shake this story. It will make you laugh, cry, and absolutely furious, but its worth it. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is sad but eloquent story that was a recent book club selection at my local bookstore. There is strong and vivid imagery. It may be too harsh for young adults; but one in my group seemed quite taken with the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read for entertainment - this was not entertaining. I know these things happen and my heart breaks for those who goes thru it. Her mother should have put a stop to lt.
JgleJne More than 1 year ago
i hadn't went out to buy this book or knew of Dorothy was a reading assignment for my college english class...and was i surprised! this book took me on highs and lows in each chapter. you felt so strongly for the characters in the actually felt like you could reach out and touch them and feel with them. I cried so hard through this book with the young character explaining her life and trials she had to deal with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I loved it and hated it....I loved it because of how the character (bone) was able to overcome what happened to her and try and hold her head up high...but I hated it because it made me realize what does go on in some homes and what some children go through....but overall it was a great book.
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A critical favorite that underwhelmed me. Bone's stepfather is an abusive alcoholic and her weak-willed mother is in denial. The story of a broken woman who just can't choose between her child and the man she loves (however misguidedly) is a poignant one, but to me, many of the key scenes felt forced and overwrought.
aimless22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The subject matter is difficult to read about but the novel is very well written.
bnbookgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Touches on some interesting topics: child abuse, lesbians, domestic issues and poverty. Allison really brings this issues out with accuracy and passion. This book is also about forgiveness. This book is an educational insight into these issues. Allison is a great storyteller.
kelly_m_d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I read it in only a few days, once I started I couldn't stop. I loved that the author captured the desire and hatred toward Bone from her stepfather, so often authors only hit one or the other. And the mother turning the other cheek so many times, leaving only to return. This book is such a real look into the abuse of a child, and the turmoil and disturbing feelings that it brings up for everyone involved.
samicat24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took me awhile to get thru this book. It is from a child's perspective, "Bone" is a girl who goes through a lot of trials in life. (Deaths, beatings, rape, losing the love of her mother, it can't get much worse!) The end of the book is when I couldn't put it down! I have never read a Dorothy Allison book and I have not made up my mind as to if I will read another.
rampeygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great read that has a bit of history. During the 1950's in Greenville, S.C., people were conservative, christian, caring people, yet they had a fierce devotion for their families. Bone was born at this juncture in history. Bone is a strong protagonist who overcomes many hurdles, but her biggest hurdle lays in her momma. Allison does a wonderful job of creating a heroine character in Bone, although just a child, Bone learns the hard way, that sometimes you have to grow up before your time.
TFS93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one cuts to the bone! You will be sad and angry! Isn't it amazing what parents let their children suffer through. You feel so sorry for Bone that you want to go inside the book and hug her. A good read, but not for the faint of heart.
phranchk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The author did a wonderful job portraying the emotions and feelings of her characters. I don't really know much about the author but by how vividly she describes her character's abuse I'd have to think she went threw something similar in her lifetime. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It deals with human emotions on the rawest of levels. I would put this book in my top 10 list.
krazy4katz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful novel that reaches deep into the souls of the characters and brings out so much that everyone can relate to about family, loyalty, love and hate. About growing up, dealing with pain, betrayal, abuse etc. I have read that this is somewhat autobiographical. It feels very real, even though it concerns a culture about which I know nothing. The author also displays a wonderful sense of humor, even when describing painful experiences. Beautiful writing. Highly recommended.
hellonicole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A combination of wit and honesty that tugs at you, "Bastard Out of Carolina" is a fantastic book. A page turner to the end. The content not always easy to read, but the narrative terrific.
heidifk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Allison's strong writing in this story portrays the poverty and abuse of a young girl, Bone. Although the story is somewhat slow-paced, it is necessary to spend time learning about the characters and the situations. We may want to read through the so-called "tough" parts of the story and search for a happy ending, but Allison's writing forces us to slow down and process Bone's life. In the end, I understood more than I had expected - about love, abuse, poverty and family.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book keep me going in emotional circles and while it didn't rate a 5 star from me, it kept me turning the pages wanting to know more and more. A few chapters went slow but for the most part it flowed like water. The ending was extremly moving and heartwretching. Not a 5 but easily recommendable.
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How do you live in a house with a man who despises you and angrily lusts for you at this same time? Bone, a young scrawny girl, tip toes through this fate as she tries to sidestep her step father while pleasing her mother. We suffer through her agonies through her eyes, trying to understand the actions of the young adults who populate her world. A South Carolina landscape brings forth a harsh reality for the poor and struggling family, with their lowly socioeconomic status compounding the feelings of dissatisfaction and resentment Bone develops. The text is presented in a blunt yet stream like manner, with expletives mixed in with the mellifluous forward flow of the story. The crescendo of the situation between Bone and her step-father will have readers wanting to slow the pace down, but Dorothy Allison pushes the story forward with blatant disregard for the apprehension of her readers. As such, this book should be taken seriously by its readers. Contains graphic depictions of sexual assault and repetitive use of inflammatory language.
briannad84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Saw the movie version first, and I think the book is better.
kalobo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very powerful book, brutal self-analysis of a young girl's abusive childhood in the 50s, in the south. People looking for resolution in a story may not like this book, however I found it honest.
HeatherLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina is a heart-wrenching story of a little girl struggling to survive her family and the hurt and pain that they cause. From the moment Ruth-Anne, or Bone, is born she is a given a negative representation. Her mother is constantly struggling to obtain a birth certificate that doesn't claim her daughter as a bastard. And for all the love that Bone's mother has for her daughter, she can't do a thing to protect her. Her step-father abuses her and tells her she is an "evil, sick disgusting person," eventually leading her to believe these things about herself. Bone faces physical and sexual abuse, starvation, and ridicule on a daily basis. However, she is also surrounded by the love and affection of her aunts and uncles, but even they can't save her from the torments of her life. Bastard out of Carolina isn't a book I would recommend because it is an awesome piece of literature. It is, but I would recommend that everyone read for another, more important, reason. It gives the reader an amazing look into the reality that many of us refuse to face. Allison has created a character that many people can relate to. And if the reader can not relate to Bone, they can empathize. One reviewer stated that he or she did not like this book at all because it was "too adult," "too disturbing to even enjoy," and what the girls (Bone and her sister) did to themselves was "disgusting." The only thing I can say to that is reality is disturbing. And this book does an excellent job of presenting that aspect of life.