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Daniel Woodrell - Author

About the Author

Daniel Woodrell was born in the Missouri Ozarks, where he still lives. He left school and enlisted in the Marines the week he turned seventeen, and received his BA at the age of twenty-seven. He also has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of eight novels including Winter's Bone, the film of which was nominated for four Oscars in 2011, Woe to Live On, the basis for the film Ride with the Devil directed by Ang Lee, and Tomato Red, which won the PEN West Award for fiction in 1999. Five of his novels have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the year. His most recent book was the story collection The Outlaw Album, published by Sceptre in 2011.

Featured books by Daniel Woodrell

The Maid's Version

The Maid's Version

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

In 1929, an explosion in a Missouri dance hall killed forty-two people. Who was to blame? Mobsters from St Louis? Embittered gypsies? The preacher who cursed the waltzing couples for their sins? Or could it just have been a colossal accident? Alma Dunahew, whose scandalous younger sister was among the dead, believes the answer lies in a dangerous love affair, but no one will listen to a maid from the wrong side of the tracks. It is only decades later that her grandson hears her version of events - and must decide if it is the right one.

Other books by Daniel Woodrell

Zum Leben verdammt

Zum Leben verdammt

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2018

1861, im Grenzland zwischen Missouri und Kansas. Der junge Jake Roedel hat sich einer Gruppe von Freischarlern angeschlossen, die aufseiten der Konfoderierten kampfen und im Land Angst und Schrecken verbreiten. Immer wieder planen sie Uberfalle auf unionstreue Truppen und Sympathisanten. Weil Roedel deutschstammig ist, begegnen ihm die anderen Rebellen mit Misstrauen, er aber erweist sich als gnadenloser Kampfer und treuer Kamerad. Der Krieg jedoch zieht sich hin, und die Freischarler gebarden sich zunehmend wie gemeine Diebe, nicht wie Freiheitskampfer. Roedel kommen Zweifel, ob er dem Weg, den seine Kameraden eingeschlagen haben, bis zum Ende folgen soll, und doch steckt er jeden Schicksalsschlag tapfer weg. Aber dann wird er zusammen mit dem ehemaligen Sklaven Holt in ein Abenteuer verwickelt, das seine schlimmsten Befurchtungen ubersteigt. Die konfoderierten Freischarler reiten mit mehreren Hundert Mann gegen eine unbewaffnete Stadt, um einen brutalen Vergeltungsschlag zu fuhren ... Daniel Woodrell schlagt ein dunkles, wenig bekanntes Kapitel der amerikanischen Vergangenheit auf und erzahlt eine mitreiende Geschichte uber Freundschaft und Verlust, uber Rache und blinde Gewalt. Ein groer Roman, in neuer Ubersetzung endlich wieder lieferbar.

In Almas Augen

In Almas Augen

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2014

Die Geschichte vergisst das Ungesuhnte nicht. Missouri, Sommer 1929. In einer Kleinstadt sterben 42 Menschen, als es eines Nachts bei einer Tanzveranstaltung zu einer gewaltigen Explosion kommt. Es gibt viele Geruchte uber die Tragodie, doch die wahren Ursachen kommen nie ans Tageslicht, und als kurz darauf die Groe Depression uber das Land hereinbricht, scheint alles zu verblassen. Nur eine Person lassen die Ereignisse nicht los, die Haushalterin Alma DeGeer Dunahew. Sie hat ihre Schwester Ruby in den Flammen verloren und glaubt nicht an einen Unfall ... In seinem neuen Roman verwebt Daniel Woodrell einzelne Schicksalsfden zu einer bewegenden Geschichte ber jene Wahrheit, der man sich stellen muss, auch wenn man an ihr zerbricht.

The Maid's Version

The Maid's Version

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

In 1929, an explosion in a Missouri dance hall killed forty-two people. Who was to blame? Mobsters from St Louis? Embittered gypsies? The preacher who cursed the waltzing couples for their sins? Or could it just have been a colossal accident? Alma Dunahew, whose scandalous younger sister was among the dead, believes the answer lies in a dangerous love affair, but no one will listen to a maid from the wrong side of the tracks. It is only decades later that her grandson hears her version of events - and must decide if it is the right one.

Der Tod von Sweet Mister

Der Tod von Sweet Mister

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2012

Eine aufwuhlende Familiengeschichte und zugleich ein dunkles Marchen uber das Erwachsenwerden. Daniel Woodrell schildert eindrucksvoll das Schicksal eines Jungen, der zu fruh die Nachtseiten des Lebens kennenlernt und hieruber seine Unschuld verliert. Ein Sommer wie ein schleichender bergang ins Verhngnis. Der dreizehnjhrige Shug Akins wchst auf dem weiten Ozark-Plateau im Sden Missouris heran, ein Auenseiter inmitten der maroden Sehnschte des amerikanischen Hinterlands. Seine Mutter Glenda, eine verblhende Schnheit, hngt an der Flasche, whrend sein Vater Red die Familie mit unberechenbarer Gewalt tyrannisiert. Als Red beginnt, Shug zu Einbrchen anzustiften, gert das labile Gleichgewicht ins Schwanken. Shug lernt zu stehlen, zu lgen - und aufzubegehren. Gerade da taucht Jimmy Vin Pearce auf, mit seinem grnen Ford Thunderbird und der Verheiung auf eine andere, bessere Welt. Doch als Glenda sich mit ihm einlsst, entldt sich ein lange unterdrcktes Gemisch aus Eifersucht und Hass, und der Traum von der Lebensflucht wird zur tdlichen Falle ... Mit der Unausweichlichkeit einer antiken Tragdie beschreibt Daniel Woodrell die Eskalation menschlicher Passion in urwchsige Gewalt. Mit jeder neuen Seite verwischt er die Grenzen zwischen Notwehr und Mord, Rache und Befreiung - und nhert sich jenem unheilvollen Scheidepunkt, an dem das letzte Opfer auf dem Weg zur Erlsung die eigene Unschuld ist.

The Outlaw Album

The Outlaw Album

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal, behaviour in his wrenching first collection of short fiction. Desperation - both material and psychological - motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behaviour; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbour. There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories - between spouses, parents and children, siblings and comrades in arms - which brings the troubled, sorely tested cast of characters to vivid, relatable life.

Woe to Live On

Woe to Live On

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2012

Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, WOE TO LIVE ON explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws.

Give Us a Kiss

Give Us a Kiss

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2012

"e;My imagination is always skulking about in a wrong place."e; And now Doyle Redmond, thirty-five-year-old nowhere writer, has crossed the line between imagination and real live trouble. On the lam in his soon-to-be ex-wife's Volvo, he's running a family errand back in his boyhood home of West Table, Missouri--the heart of the red-dirt Ozarks. The law wants his big brother, Smoke, on a felony warrant, and Doyle's supposed to talk him into giving up. But Smoke is hunkered down in the hills with his partner, Big Annie, and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Niagra, making other plans: they're about to harvest a profitable patch of homegrown marijuana.Doyle takes just one look at Niagra's flattering red boots before joining his brother's scheme. Of course it means dealing with the law and maybe worse--the Dollys. A legendary clan of largely criminal persuasion, the Dollys have been feuding with the Redmonds for generations. Now they want a piece of Smoke's cash crop, even if it means killing to get it. Doyle is fast realizing that yes, you can always put the country back in the boy...but sometimes that's not smart.

Death of Sweet Mister

Death of Sweet Mister

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2012

Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him--she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie's purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart. "e;This is Daniel Woodrell's third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime."e; --Otto Penzler, "e;Penzler Pick, 2001"e;

Tomato Red

Tomato Red

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2012

A sharp and funny addition to Daniel Woodrell's collection of "e;country noir"e; novels, featuring anti-hero Sammy Barlach and Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition.In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.

Winters Knochen

Winters Knochen

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2011

Jessup Dolly taucht unter, als der Winter kommt. Seiner Familie, die in bitterarmen Verhaltnissen im Hinterland von Missouri lebt, fehlt es an allem. Sie haben kaum etwas zu essen und nicht einmal genug Feuerholz, um das Haus warm zu halten. Aufopferungsvoll kummert sich Jessups sechzehnjahrige Tochter Ree um ihre pflegebedurftige Mutter und die beiden jungeren Bruder. Doch dann passiert das Unvermeidliche. Die Polizei steht vor der Tur und teilt Ree mit, dass ihr Vater, der schon einmal wegen Drogengeschaften im Gefangnis war und nun erneut unter Anklage steht, das Haus fur seine Kaution verpfandet hat. Wenn Jessup nicht bei Gericht erscheint, verliert seine Familie alles, was ihr noch bleibt. Ree hat eine Woche Zeit, um ihren Vater zu finden - tot oder lebendig.

The Outlaw Album

The Outlaw Album

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal, behaviour in his wrenching first collection of short fiction. Desperation - both material and psychological - motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behaviour; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbour. There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories - between spouses, parents and children, siblings and comrades in arms - which brings the troubled, sorely tested cast of characters to vivid, relatable life.

Bayou Trilogy

Bayou Trilogy

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2011

A hard-hitting, critically acclaimed trilogy of crime novels from an author about whom New York magazine has written, "e;What people say about Cormac McCarthy ... goes double for [Woodrell]. Possibly more."e;In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell's three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.THE BAYOU TRILOGY highlights the origins of a one-of-a-kind author, a writer who for over two decades has created an indelible representation of the shadows of the rural American experience and has steadily built a devoted following among crime fiction aficionados and esteemed literary critics alike.

Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone

Author: Daniel Woodrell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2007

Amid the harsh landscape of the Ozark Hills, sixteen-year-old Ree is taking care of her mother and two brothers. Her father has put their house up as bail and if he doesn't show up at court it'll be sold from under them. To save her family she needs to track him down but in a community riven with long-running feuds getting answers isn't easy.

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