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Daniel Woodrell


USA flag (1953 - )

Dan Woodrell comes from a long line of Ozarkers that stretch back before the Civil War. A high school dropout he joined the marine corps at 17. The military and he saw things differently. A period of post military drifting ended up at the University of Kansas and a Michener fellowship at the Iowa Writers School, where he was definitely the odd man out. His has written six other novels published by No Exit, Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, the civil war novel, Woe to Live On, filmed by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, Give Us A Kiss, Tomato Red and his latest novel, The Death of Sweet Mister. He lives in West Plains, Missouri with his wife, the writer, Katie Estill
 
Daniel Woodrell recommends
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The Book of Duels (2014)
Michael Garriga
"This prose has biblical force and rhythms."
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Where All Light Tends to Go (2015)
David Joy
"Lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. Joy knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place."
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Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
(Highway 59, book 1)
Attica Locke
"With Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke brings freshness and vitality to a beloved form. Her storytelling touch is just so strong! From the first beautifully done scene until the finale, this is a very propulsive novel concerning old deeds that keep influencing the present, injustice and courage---a powerful and dramatic look at contemporary black life in rural America."


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