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The Book of Ruthby Jane Hamilton
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"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.
"An extraordinary story of a family's disintegration....Will be compared to Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. Astonishingly vivid and moving." People
"An enthralling tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying ways of our lives." Entertainment Weekly
"Unforgettably, beat by beat, Hamilton maps the best and worst of the human heart and all the mysterious, uncharted country in between." Kirkus Reviews
"An American beauty this book....The narrator of Jane Hamilton's sensational first novel is a holy lusty innocent." Vogue
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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