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The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth

Book - 1988
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ticknor & Fields, 1988.
ISBN: 9780899197449
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 06, 2019

The second book I've read from this author. Hopefully her life is not as disturbing as her tales. Even so the books are well written and difficult to put down.

Oct 18, 2015

At first I enjoyed this book...and then it dragged on and on! I ended up skipping ahead looking for something to change but it never did. Boring!

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

Ruth is true grit -- a child woman of the American Midwest whose relationship with her family and friends shines with pathos and humour. Her gentle yet resilient spirit enables her to bear deep emotional pain and still have the gumption to look ahead.

While I enjoyed this story and the writing skills of the author, I had a hard time with the brutality and emotional sadness. The cruel life she had to life made me very depressed. I wouldn't suggest reading this book in the winter when it's already hard to be cheerful.

Dec 28, 2011

The twist at the end of this book was so sad and unexpected. I was shocked!! The main character, Ruth, always seems to be on the edge of hard times but is a strong willed and compassionate person. What happens in the end seems so wrong to happen to her yet she still is able to put forth a positive attitude. A great read, I definitely recommend it!

Nov 08, 2007

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