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The Book of Ruth (edition 1988)

by Jane Hamilton

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Title:The Book of Ruth
Authors:Jane Hamilton
Info:Black Swan (1999), Paperback, 334 pages
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Tags:2001, fiction, movie (not seen), illinois, 1980s

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Set in a small town in Illinois ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Oct 16, 2016 |
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  StPaulsChurch | Jul 19, 2016 |
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Oprah's choice

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.
  christinejoseph | Apr 15, 2016 |
One of my favorite books. Great novel that shows the complexities of mother-daughter relationships and a troubled marriage. Highly recommend. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
This is an emotionally difficult book to read, but extraordinarily well written. Highly recommend it. A very good book for group discussion. What happens is so chilling; but I believe Ruth will triumph and I would love to read a sequel. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
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What it begins with, I know finally, is the kernel of meanness in people's hearts.
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The whole world is not set on doing you wrong, Ma. You're doing battle with yourself.
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, November 1996: 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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Ruth, a young woman living in a rural Illinois town, looks back on the people who have shaped her life, including her runaway father, shrewish mother, and crazy husband.

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