By Cynthia Bond
The epic, unforgettable tale of a guy made up our minds to guard the lady he loves from the city wanting to ruin her--this attractive and devastating debut heralds the coming of a huge new voice in fiction.
Ephram Jennings hasn't ever forgotten the gorgeous lady with the lengthy braids operating during the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas city. younger Ruby, "the type of beautiful it damage to appear at," has suffered past imagining, in order quickly as she will, she flees suffocating Liberty for the intense pull of Fifties big apple. Ruby quick winds her manner into the ripe middle of the city--the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village--all the whereas hoping for a glimpse of the pink hair and eco-friendly eyes of her mom. while a telegram from her cousin forces her to come domestic, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell reveals herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying awareness that she may not be robust adequate to struggle her long ago out back, Ruby struggles to outlive her thoughts of the town's darkish previous. in the meantime, Ephram needs to make a choice from loyalty to the sister who raised him and the opportunity for a existence with the girl he has enjoyed in view that he was once a boy.
Full of existence, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral fantastic thing about the agricultural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of ardour and braveness. This wondrous page-turner rushes throughout the pink dirt and gossip of major road, to the pit fireplace the place males swill bootleg outdoor Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen the place a cake is being made, yolk by means of yolk, that Ephram will use to attempt to start back with Ruby. completely transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby bargains an unflinching portrait of man's darkish acts and the promise of the redemptive energy of affection.
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Ruby: A Novel by Cynthia Bond