I had a wonderful Sunday evening. I laid on the couch finishing Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, drinking a beer and snuggling with the cats in the glow of the Christmas Tree! It was lovely to hide away from the winter weather (it was -9 when I woke up this morning).
I knew nothing of this book when I started it – I actually prefer opening a book with no expectations. Allison did an excellent job of drawing me into this poor Southern family. The main character, Bone, is a young girl who narrates this story about her childhood. She focuses on her family – her mother, stepfather, and a parade of aunts and uncles whom she loves deeply. Bone’s stepfather loses his jobs often, causing them to move routinely. However, through all of the moving and other troubles Bone runs into, her extended family remains constant. She knows her uncles will get drunk and get arrested, she knows her aunts will continue to take care of each other. Bone is drawn into these situations as she grows older and closer to adulthood.
I don’t think that I can write much more without including spoilers. I will say that this is one of my favorite books of 2016, and I recommend you go pick it up.