Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to a modern-day classic, a brilliant book that the critics are comparing to iconic novels like Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird. Dorothy Allison delivered a near-perfect experience with Bastard Out of Carolina, a game-changing story that shocked the world and left it speechless.
This is a tale of a family's struggles in the rural South in America, and it skyrocketed Allison's career to the very top of the literary pedestal. Harper Lee and William Faulkner were named as the author's inspiration and the majority of readers say this book is just as brilliant as the greatest novels in the history of the United States. Allison was the very first writer of the previous generation to talk about the lives and problems of poor white folks in the South.
Bastard Out of Carolina hit the shelves almost 20 years ago, and, since then, they made a wonderful film based on it, banned the book from schools and libraries and defended it in countless newspaper articles around the globe. One thing is certain: this book made a lot of impact on the American society and the rest of the world.
Greenville County is one of the most unfortunate places in the country, and it's home to the Boatwright family, a bunch of brutal, drinking fellas who swear all the time and treat their women almost like slaves. The young girls get married too young and age way too fast. Ruth is the main character of the book, and she's just a little kid, a bastard who talks about the world around her with revealing, shocking honesty. Bastard Out of Carolina is and always will be one of the most profound novels in modern-day literature.