THE MAID’S VERSION by Daniel Woodrell is a small book but reads like a tome, with such literate and beautiful imagery that I was enthralled. The book centers around the mystery of the explosion at Arbor Dance Hall in 1929. The explosion killed 42 people, many unrecognizable in death with their bodies broken up or burned beyond recognition. Alma Dunahew lost her sister Ruby in the explosion and for years has been trying to discover the answer to what happened. Those years have been hard on her with several of them spent at the Work Farm in West Table, Missouri, due to her psychic breakdown caused by rage and grief …
December 21, 2013
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Tags: 1920s, 1960s, Daniel Woodrell, Little, Little Brown & Co, Ozarks, Real Event Fiction, Revenge, Small Town, Time Period Fiction Â· Posted in: Facing History, Noir, US South
Daniel Woodrell is widely known for the movie adaptation of his novel, Winterâ€™s Bone, which won the Sundance Film Festivalâ€™s Best Picture Prize in 2010. He has just published his first book of short stories, THE OUTLAW ALBUM, a collection of twelve dark and riveting stories.