Title Profile & Character Information

Bastard Out of Carolina

Annotation
Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a South Carolina bastard with an annotated birth certificate to tell the tale. Observing everything with the mercilessly keen eye of a child, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that will test the loyalty of her mother, Anney. Her stepfather, Daddy Glen, calls Bone "cold as death, mean as a snake, and twice as twisty," yet Anney needs Glen. At first gentle with Bone, Daddy Glen becomes steadily colder and more furious—until their final, harrowing encounter, from which there can be no turning back.


Awards
1993  Publishing Triangle Awards

Characters
NameBoatwright, Ruth Ann "Bone"
GenderFemale
TraitIllegitimate

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Coming of age
Southern fiction
TopicsFamily relationships
Extended families
Illegitimate children
Child abuse
Poverty
SettingGreenville County, South Carolina
Rural