The Outlaw Album

The Outlaw Album

by Daniel Woodrell
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The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell

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

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316057561
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/05/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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Outlaw Album 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Description: The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell is a set of 12 short stories describing "those on the fringes of society". These include a man who seeks revenge for the murder of his wife's dog; a girl who makes her rapist uncle pay for his sins, and a jealousy that could be deadly to a hitchhiker. Review: Being a fan of the film version of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone, I had a feeling I would enjoy a set of his "backwoods" short stories. Each of the twelve stories was chillingly realistic and gritty. I love the detail and the dialogue, especially in the most twisted tales, like in The Echo of Neighborly Bones. I also really like the cover art, it adds to the overall dark, twisted, and broken feel of the stories. My only complaint was that there weren't more stories since they were all between 7 and 28 pages each. I would recommend The Outlaw Album to anyone in the mood for some seriously unsettling and eerie stories of the "invisible" outlaws. Rating: On the Run (4.5/5) ***I received this book from Little, Brown and Company (Hachette Book Group) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Atty_Tude More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book of captivating short stories of the fringes of the down and out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. The author must have gotten more and more wasted as he struggled to complete this. Winter's Bone was his one good shot.