The Outlaw Album

The Outlaw Album


Book - 2011
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Twelve timeless Ozarkian tales of those on the fringes of society, by a "stunningly original" American master ( Associated Press ).

Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal behavior in this wrenching collection of stories. Desperation-both material and psychological -- motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the killing of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor.

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. And, as ever, "the music coming from Woodrell's banjo cannot be confused with the sounds of any other writer"-Donald Harington, Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Twelve timeless Ozarkian tales of those on the fringes of society, by a "stunningly original"- Associated Press, American master .
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316057561
Branch Call Number: FIC WOODREL 2011
Characteristics: 167 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 14, 2014

No one does contemporary Southern Gothic like Mr Woodrell. This collection of sordid and gritty tales add further to his ongoing project of mythologising the Ozark mountain country and its inhabitants. The stories are superbly crafted but be warned Woodrell's outlaws will leave you shocked and disturbed.

Mar 02, 2013

These short stories are set in the Ozarks with themes of madness and violence. Although a little uneven, some stories are truly excellent.


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