The Book of Ruth : A Novel (Oprah's Book Club (Paperback))

by Jane Hamilton | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385265700 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 10/31/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 31, 2005
I received this from nursiegirl42 as part of my Secret Spooks gift! It was on my wishlist, as I'm trying to read all of Oprah's Book Club Books!

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The Book of Ruth is a virtuoso performance and that's precisely why it can be excruciating to read. Author Jane Hamilton leads us through the arid life of Ruth Grey, who extracts what small pleasures and graces she can from a tiny Illinois town and the broken people who inhabit it. Ruth's prime tormentor is her mother May, whose husband died in World War II and took her future with him. More poor familial luck has given Ruth a brother who is a math prodigy; Matt sucks up any stray attention like a black hole. Ruth is left to survive on her own resources, which are meager. She struggles along, subsisting on crumbs of affection meted out by her Aunt Sid and, later, her screwed-up husband Ruby. Hamilton has perfect pitch. So perfect that you wince with pain for confused but fundamentally good Ruth as she walks a dead-end path. The book ends with the prospect of redemption, thank goodness--but the tale is nevertheless much more bitter than sweet.

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