17—Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

"Bone" Boatwright is the illegitimate daughter of Anney, the youngest child in the dirt poor Boatwright clan in rural South Carolina. Bones uncles are drunks and thieves and her aunts, while loving and caring, derive their self-worth from the number of babies they have.

Bones' mother falls in love with and marries "Daddy Glen" the insecure youngest child in his family. He resents the loving relationship between Anney and Bone and takes his resentment out on Bone in ever escalating verbal and physical abuse.

An extraordinary look at the effects of poverty and deprivation in the rural south.

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