Bastard Out of Carolina

  • by Dorothy Allison
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Evans
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A modern literary classic, now available in a 20th anniversary edition with a new afterword by the author.
The publication of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina was a landmark event. The novel's profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural South won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched her into the literary spotlight. Critics have likened Allison to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee, naming her the first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of poor whites in the South. Since its appearance, the novel has inspired an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms, championed by fans, and defended by critics.
Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family - a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather, Daddy Glen, "cold as death, mean as a snake", becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney - and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning back.

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This is a great book

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This book did all the things book should do. It told me about group of people I knew nothing about, it made me feel compassion and anger. I could not stop listening. The narrator is wonderful.

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- Alena

Devastating and Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a book I would only recommended to people closest to me - it is such a private story and evokes such an emotional reaction, it is probably quite a 'heavy' book to recommend to anyone


What does Elizabeth Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have read this book many times - the southern drawl of the narrator brings the story to life and adds great texture and atmosphere


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughter, tears/hatred and empathy


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- tristan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios