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Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (edition 2001)

by Christina Schwarz (Author)

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Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and a young niece, Ruth. An Oprah Book Club selection and bestseller in hardcover, Drowning Ruth, now in paperback, is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart. Schwarz's first novel explores themes of family love, sibling rivalry, duty, loyalty, and a possible murder.… (more)
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Title:Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Authors:Christina Schwarz (Author)
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Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

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I should have known! I say this every time I read an Oprah endorsed book. This book was introduced as a psychological thriller--not in the least! This book was slow moving and the characters were unlikeable. The author tells this story from alternating points of view and times as well as alternating from first to third person. She does not do it well. This is the story of family secrets. It was a chore to get through. 338 pages ( )
  Tess_W | May 4, 2021 |
It is definitely different. Not a cheery sunshiny book. But I did enjoy the read. It threw some real curve balls. ( )
  MarlaBurr | Mar 14, 2021 |
Did not like this book. ( )
  book58lover | May 3, 2020 |
Suspense tale of family loyalty and secrets. Told through narrative of Amanda, Ruth , Carl. What I liked was how the mystery deepens with each chapter moving back and forth in time with no resolution until the very end. ( )
  Smits | Mar 27, 2020 |
The plot was interesting, but the narrator/author chose to forgive the characters their flaws (and make characters forgive the flaws of one another) beyond the point of realism, just so it would have a nice clean ending. ( )
  schufman | Jul 20, 2019 |
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To Ben ~~~ and in memory of Louise Baecke Claeys (1902-1999) ~~~ and Marfa
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Ruth remembered drowning.
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…already his memory had lost the range of her expressions. He could summon her only in a few guises – glimpses of her face that for no particular reason had stuck in his mind.
… somehow they’d settled into a family at last, the various tasks of life divided comfortably among them, and the days now turned like a wheel with three spokes.
They felt an affection for one another based on their old love and sustained by avoiding personal conversation.
She was bone tired of all this running and hiding, of living alone with a monstrous hump of truth strapped to her back.
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Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and a young niece, Ruth. An Oprah Book Club selection and bestseller in hardcover, Drowning Ruth, now in paperback, is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart. Schwarz's first novel explores themes of family love, sibling rivalry, duty, loyalty, and a possible murder.

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The circumstances of the drowning of Ruth's mother serves as the catalyst that precipitates an intriguing flow of interrelated events in the lives of Amanda (the drowned woman's sister) and her neice Ruth.
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