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The Book of Ruth

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Publisher Comments:

"I learned slowly, that if you don't look at the world with perfect vision, you 're bound to get yourself cooked."

Having come within an inch of her life, Ruth Dahl is determined to take a good look at it — to figure out whether, in fact, she's to blame for the mess.

Pegged the loser in a small-town family that doesn't have much going for it in the first place, Ruth grows up in the shadow of her brilliant brother, trying to hold her own in a world of poverty and hard edges. Matt's brain is his ticket out of Honey Creek. Ruth, without options, cleaves instead to her tough, half-crazy mother, May, and eventually to Ruby, the sweet but slightly deranged young man she loves, marries, and supports. When the precarious household erupts in violence, Ruth is the only one who can piece their story together — and she gets at the truth in a manner at once ferocious, hilarious, and heartbreaking.

In this powerful, incandescent novel, Jane Hamilton has worked a miracle: she has given voice to a young woman you have passed on the street a thousand times. Perhaps you have never noticed her, hut the next time you see her, you will know who she is.

Passionate in her commitment to life, Ruth is a stunning testament to the human capacity for mercy, compassion, and love. The Book of Ruth is a magnificent audio experience.

Review:

"An extraordinary story of a family's disintegration....Will be compared to Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. Astonishingly vivid and moving." People

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"An enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways of our lives." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Unforgettably, beat by beat, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, uncharted country in between." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"An American beauty this book....The narrator of Jane Hamilton's sensational first novel is a holy lusty innocent." Vogue

Synopsis:

Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award  for best first novel, this exquisite book  confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence  from which the author creates a stunning testament  to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and  love.

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PrincessJaylia, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by PrincessJaylia)
This book took my breath away. I enjoyed the characters and setting. It is one of those books that is hard to put down.
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joaneh, May 4, 2008 (view all comments by joaneh)
This book of Jane Hamilton's "The Book of Ruth", is even better than her "A Map of the World". It is a bare bones look at the sad, yet humorous life of a young girl in a small town as she comes of age in total innocence. The small town characters are well-developed and believable. It was a very good read.
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gingersnaps15, June 7, 2007 (view all comments by gingersnaps15)
I reread this book at least twice a year. Ruth is prtrayed as a homely dreamer who turns out to have a lot more going on than people suspected. All the characters, while not symapthetic people, are given touches of beauty where you can see how they are not all bad. The descriptions Ruth gives are marvelous, and this book turned me on to other great Jane Hamilton novels. This is one of my favorites
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385265706
Author:
Hamilton, Jane
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
Series Volume:
101-15
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.7 in 0.55 lb

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Product details 336 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385265706 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An extraordinary story of a family's disintegration....Will be compared to Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. Astonishingly vivid and moving."
"Review" by , "An enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways of our lives."
"Review" by , "Unforgettably, beat by beat, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, uncharted country in between."
"Review" by , "An American beauty this book....The narrator of Jane Hamilton's sensational first novel is a holy lusty innocent."
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award  for best first novel, this exquisite book  confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence  from which the author creates a stunning testament  to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and  love.
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