The Boatwrights lead hard lives filled with poverty, violence, and heartbreak—and Bone and Anney both have their share of all three. It's not enough to just know this stuff is bad.
As always, there are those out there who would argue that the content of this book is too mature for students to read.
Salinger 's novel Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee 's novel To Kill a Mockingbirdwriting, "Special qualities of her style include a perfect ear for speech and its natural rhythms; an unassertive, cumulative lyricism; an intensely imagined and presented sensory world, with all five senses working together; and, above all, again and again a language for the direct articulation of deep and complex feelings.
Reese Reese, Bone's younger half-sister, is the only child of Anney and her first husband, Lyle Parsons. How do her religious feelings relate to her relationship with Daddy Glen? To protect the anonymity of contributors, we've removed their names and personal information from the essays.
She deeply resents the middle and upper class people who judge and belittle the downtrodden and rough-edged Boatwright family. Deedee Ruth's bratty teenage daughter who resents having to take care of her sick mother and initially refuses to attend Ruth's funeral. The laughter is meant to make sure that Annie and her child know their place, and stay there.
She has looked squarely at every monstrous thing her parents did to her and yet has resisted the too-pat path of depicting them as monsters. Well, folks, it's our protagonist, Bone.