This book struck a chord with me as I live in Missouri and am familiar with the area Winters Bone takes place in. Woodrell understands his characters and the world they live in. Outsiders, clanish and inbred. These people live outside the lines society has drawn, creating their own dark kingdom in the Ozark foothills. This is a world where blood is indeed thicker than water and no one is allowed to go against the family patriarch. Sixteen year old Ree Dolly is forced to try and save the family farm after her meth cooking father disappears while out on bail. As it turns out, meth cooking is the Dolly family business and Ree's search for her father is a danger to the clan. What happens and how it happens makes for a great story.