Guest Post: Kathy Nance on Winter’s Bone

Winter's Bone is named for an old saying. To “throw someone a bone” is to give her a scrap of kindness, a small favor out of one's larger store.To give less, in other words, than one could ultimately afford to give.Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) and her family live on the bones and scraps of contemporary American society. Her meth-cooking father is missing. Her mother has retreated into the dark landscape of her own mind. The 17-year-old girl is acting head of the household. We see her coo … [Read more...]