This book was so good I read it in a night/early morning. It is “country noir.” That is, its characters and themes explore the corruption of government; the down-and-out poor white folks of the Ozarks; the love of the land by those who understand stewardship of creation; the countless tragedies that come by way of methamphetamine and America’s love affair with narcotics, and more. A really fine novel. It spawned a film by the same name starring Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist, and even the Netflix show Ozark has ripped off much of Woodrell’s novel.
Below’s an 11-minute intro and some thoughts of the way ahead. Thanks for tuning in, liking, subscribing, etc. (My apologies for the yucky face.)