Dan Woodrell comes from a long line of Ozarkers that stretch back before the Civil War and currently lives in the Ozark town of West Plains, Missouri. A high school dropout he joined the marine corps at 17, but the military and he saw things differently.
From Woodrell, author of the brilliant Winter's Bone, which was richly adapted into the Oscar-nominated 2010 film, now comes a collection of short fiction, previously published in outlets ranging from The Missouri Review and Esquire to hard-hitting anthologies like A Hell of a Woman. Read full book review >
Woodrell's second book, Woe to Live On (1987), is being filmed by Ang Lee, and the author seems to have pitched this, his sixth low-down and dirty novel, to the big screen: his no-account characters and their dumb-as-a-stump doings have that over-the-top quality that transfers neatly to the movies; and his downbeat ending, with its teenaged femme fatale, is pure Hollywood noir. Read full book review >
In his fifth novel full of ``quick, terrible rough-stuff,'' Woodrell (The Ones You Do, 1992, etc.) makes it clear he's itching to escape the confines of genre fiction: that, like his Ozark-bred novelist-protagonist, he's hoping for that breakout book. And this down-and-dirty bit of ``for real-ism'' just might do the deed, with Woodrell adding a smart dose of writerly in-jokes and bottom-up social analysis to his usual mix of peckerwood poetry and butt-kicking violence. Read full book review >