"As close to flawless as any reader could ask for." The New York Times Book Review

“An essential novel”

– The New Yorker 

The publication of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina was a landmark event.

The novel's profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural South won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched her into the literary spotlight.


Critics have likened Allison to Harper Lee, naming her the first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of poor whites in the South. 


Since its appearance, the novel has inspired an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms, championed by fans, and defended by critics.

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