Books by Daniel Woodrell

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.

THE MAID'S VERSION by Daniel Woodrell
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A commanding fable about trespass and reconstruction from a titan of Southern fiction."
A grandson becomes obsessed with his grandmother's story about a small-town disaster from many years ago. Read full book review >
THE OUTLAW ALBUM by Daniel Woodrell
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"Hard words and harsh trials from a writer who knows all too well the frozen ground he occupies."
Twelve spare, haunting and brutal slices of country noir from the genre's most gifted practitioner. Read full book review >
WINTER’S BONE by Daniel Woodrell
Released: Aug. 7, 2006

"Every bit as good as Woodrell's icy The Death of Sweet Mister (2001)—in other words, about as good as it gets."
A stoical Appalachian girl strives to rescue her family from her father's criminal legacy in Woodrell's bleak, mean, gripping eighth novel. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 2001

"Such narration carries this novel—and it's a weighty, worthwhile load."
A long-suffering kid draws the bars of his own cage, in Woodrell's tender and downright merciless seventh novel (after Tomato Red, 1998). Read full book review >
TOMATO RED by Daniel Woodrell
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"Woodrell's sorry country folk —live fast— and —learn slow,— as Jamalee puts it, and their tale provides lots of low comedy—and no small amount of pathos."
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 >
GIVE US A KISS by Daniel Woodrell
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"That aside, Woodrell elbows his way to the forefront of tough-guy fiction and maybe even bestseller lists."
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. Read full book review >
THE ONES YOU DO by Daniel Woodrell
Released: April 16, 1992

"Characters as screwy and dangerous as any in Elmore Leonard, and a sense of pace and language that never warns you whether a scene or sentence will end in a burst of poetry or bullets."
When his songstress wife Randi Tripp, the 'Bama Butterfly, runs out on him with $47,000 he's been holding for Lunch Pumphrey, sodden patriarch John X. Shade takes off with his ten-year-old daughter Etta for St. Read full book review >