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Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) - Cynthia Bond
Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
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The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection   The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.   Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the... show more
The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection   The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.   Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city—the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village—all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780804188241 (0804188246)
ASIN: 0804188246
Publisher: Hogarth
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Blondie and Read
Blondie and Read rated it
4.0 Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
This book is just beautifully written. Bond does an amazing job of giving depth to each and every character, including characters we only meet for a page or two. Her unflinching writing punches you in the face and I loved every second of it. Amazing commentary on race, religion, class, and gender!
Marjorie's World of Books
Marjorie's World of Books rated it
2.0 I can't recommend this one
This book is definitely not one that I can recommend. I found it very difficult to read and to understand. I had the feeling that I get when I read poetry that I can’t connect to. I will give it two stars since I did enjoy the section of Ruby, Maggie and Ephram when they were young. And the powe...
So Many Books. So Little Time.
So Many Books. So Little Time. rated it
3.0 Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
I'm not giving it a definitive rating or review right now because I haven't read but a quarter of the book. I'm shelving it and will finish it in the near future. It's sort of a slow read right now and I can't seem to get into it at this time.
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
5.0 Ruby, by Cynthia Bond
I've been on my Spring Break reading vacation since 5:00PM on Thursday and have, with brief breaks, been mainlining fiction ever since. So far, I have completed four books by reading constantly, only pausing to sleep, eat, and do my taxes. But this afternoon, I had to set aside Cynthia Bond's Ruby b...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
4.0 Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
Ruby was a book that I started on blind faith in an author's tweeted recommendation. I had no mental preparation for the what I was to experience. On several occasions I considered not finishing. I did not have fun reading Ruby. I am left wondering how reading a book like this has meaning.I ha...
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