The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the
woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her--this
beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new
voice in fiction.
Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the
long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small
East Texas town. Young Ruby, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look
at," has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she
flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York.
Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city--the
darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village--all the
while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her
mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home,
thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating
violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she
might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby
struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past.
Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who
raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved
since he was a boy.
Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral
beauty of the rural South, "Ruby" is a transcendent novel of
passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the
red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill
bootleg outside Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen where a
cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to
begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable
characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose,
"Ruby" offers an unflinching portrait of man's dark acts and the
promise of the redemptive power of love.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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