Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone is about seventeen year old Ree Dolly's search for her father . In what can only be described as redneck America, she has to be a mother to her two younger brothers while also taking care of her mother; who has finally succumbed to the effects of a life filled with booze, drugs and who knows what else. Things get worse when she finds that her dad has skipped bail, and has put the house as his bond. If he doesn't show up within the next few days the house will be repossessed. With no-one else to depend on Ree begins the search for her father, before everything is taken away from her.
Be warned: it's a good read but it's so bleak.