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In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you’re not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won’t cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dan Woodrell does for the Ozarks what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A shimmering novel, rich with insight…a pleasure…Zooms on the rocket fuel of Woodrell’s explosively original language.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Told in a voice that crackles with energy and wit, Tomato Red is sharp, funny, and more importantly, true.”

    Amazon.com Review

  • “Woodrell’s storytelling is as melodic, jangly, and energetic as a good banjo riff…Sammy Barlach’s story is a tragedy, but the telling of it is a pleasure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Woodrell’s language is a lyrical blend of comic wit and redneck twang. His vast life experience brings a fresh, poignant look at Appalachian people. Keep ‘em coming!”

    Library Journal

  • Recipient of the 1999 PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Longlisted for the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeremy | 1/26/2014

    " another dissapointing ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 1/23/2014

    " Another read inspired by attending Bouchercon. Well-crafted characters and amazing prose. "Country noir," indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aruna | 1/22/2014

    " What a likable loser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sean Condon | 1/22/2014

    " A stunningly written novel. Pretty much faultless, actually. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell lives in the Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas state line. His five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel. Two novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: Woe to Live On, filmed in 1999 by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and Winter’s Bone, a 2010 film accepted to the US dramatic competition category at the Sundance Film Festival.