Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rosie's Riveters: Louise & Bone

Rosie the Riveter
Rosie's Riveters is a weekly posting written by Booklust readers about riveting females in literature. Many readers have strong reactions to the women in the books they read- either very positive or very negative. These are the characters we find riveting, for good reasons or bad ones, and they form the population of Rosie's Riveters. Through this weekly post, we can discuss females we love to hate, or love to love. And maybe, just maybe- we can determine why we react so strongly to them.

I am no longer accepting people to participate in the Rosie's Riveters series.  The participants I currently have on the list will all have their chance to share their favorite or most hated woman, and then we shall start the new With Reverent Hands series on this blog.  More details on With Reverent Hands can be found in my Sunday Salon post here. 

This week's post is by Louise, who blogs at Lou's Pages.  She is a great book blogger, reviewing mysteries, horror, chick lit and everything in between.  I have only been following her blog for a few months now, but it's lovely and I'm so glad I found it.  I hope you all enjoy discovering her, too!  And if her chosen quote doesn't make you want to go out and grab this book, then you are very different than me :-)

Note:  Next week is the last Rosie's Riveters post.  I'll do a wrap-up on it during Sunday Salon on the 31st, and then start With Reverent Hands sign-ups.

Who is your Riveter? 
(Ruth Anne) Bone Boatwright

What book does she feature in? 

Bastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison

Do you love her or hate her? 

Neither. But I respect her.

Describe her personality- how would you describe her to a friend? 

Grimy and scared but brave at the same time

Can you compare her to a celebrity? 

No, not really. In the back of my mind something is stirring, but I can't quite place it. Bone is not a grown woman, so its not easy to compare her to a grown up celebrity. And fortunately, I cannot think of a younger celeberity who is compareable.

What makes her riveting? 

Her life, the milieu she grows up in, her family. But for the most part, she and her story are riveting for a lot of seriously hideous reasons.

What do you most admire/despise about her? 

I admire her ability to survive a childhood so ugly and depressing and still emerge sonewhat strong on the other side, despite it all.

Would you recommend reading the book in which the Riveter features? 

Yes, absolutely. It is one of the best (and worst) books I've ever read. It would be perfect for the Women Unbound Reading Challenge, and it also features on my GLBT-reading lists although homosexuality in this particular book is not the main theme per se.

Do you have a quote by or about your Riveter that you'd like to share?

"Ruth Anne,"Aunt Raylene whispered.  "Girl, look at me.  Stop thinking about what happened. Don't think about it.  Don't try to think about nothing.  You can't understand it yet.  You don't have to.  It don't make sense, and I can't explain it to you.  Your can't explain it to yourself.  Your mama..."  She stopped, and I looked back at her.  "Your mama loved you.  Just hang on, girl.  Just hang on.  It'll be better in time, I promise you."


  1. I've never heard of this book or this author, or Lou's blog! So a day of new discoveries. I'll definitely be looking into this book, it sounds brilliant but dark at the same time...just my thing!

  2. Thanks Aarti for posting this - I am going to make a post about it now at my own place :-)

  3. Anonymous1/21/2010

    I've never heard of this one, either.

    By the way, Aarti, I have an award for you. If you don't do awards, don't worry about it. It's just my way of telling people I appreciate their blogs.

  4. Another new one for me, I sure have some reading to do

  5. I read this book several years ago and it's definitely a good one, although it's also a very tough read. Great post, Lou!

  6. I love the idea of this series ... I'll have to check out your next one and see if I can participate. I did read this book ages ago but barely remember it ... other than I was pretty depressing.

  7. Anonymous1/22/2010

    Great riveter!

    This book is on my TBR list. I'm definitely looking forward to it - more-so after this post.

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Corra

    from the desk of a writer

  8. Oh my! I have heard so much about this book, including that it is very angering. I have it on my shelf and have yet to read it, but every time my eyes pass it on the shelf, they linger on it and a little thrill of excitement runs up my spine because I just know it's going to be a great and powerful read. This was an excellent post and I am going to try to get this one into the TBR pile very soon.

  9. Anonymous1/22/2010

    Yes, this is one of those books that is difficult to read, but worth it.

  10. I'll have to add this one to my must read list. Sounds very interesting!


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