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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

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20th Anniversary Edition. 
A profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural south. Dorothy Allison creates a rich sense of family and portrays the psychology of a sexually abused child with sensitivity and insight. 

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20th Anniversary Edition. A profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural south centers around the Boatwright family, a proud and close-knit family known for their drinking, fighting, and womanizing. Allison creates a rich sense of family and portrays the psychology of a sexually abused child with sensitivity and insight.

 Short video of Dorothy Allison talking about Bastard Out of Carolina.

 
Dorothy  Allison reading from Bastard Out of CarolinaDorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.

An award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook—early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals, Allison's chapbook of poetry, The Women Who Hate Me, was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988) was published by Firebrand Books. Trash won two Dorothy Allisonon Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.

Allison says that the early Feminist movement changed her life. "It was like opening your eyes under water. It hurt, but suddenly everything that had been dark and mysterious became visible and open to change." However, she admits, she would never have begun to publish her stories if she hadn't gotten over her prejudices, and started talking to her mother and sisters again.

Dorothy Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina in 1992 as a finalist for the National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and became a best seller and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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