Books > Best Sellers > Literature & Fiction






Price: $10.13 ($15.00)

(as of 2012-10-07 02:19:44 PST)

You save $4.87 (32%)

Usually ships in 24 hours

Literature & Fiction

Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (312 votes)

Released: 1990-01

Buying Choices

187 new from $0.79
1697 used from $0.01
25 collectible from $1.54

(as of 2012-10-07 02:19:44 PST)








The Book of Ruth (Oprah's Book Club) by Jane Hamilton

Description

Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award  for best first novel, 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.


Check All Offers Add to Wish List Customer Reviews


Editorial Review

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.

Book Details

Author: Jane Hamilton Publisher: Anchor Books Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 298

Similar Books

Icy Sparks (Oprah's Book Club)
Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
A Map of the World (Oprah's Book Club)
The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah's Book Club)
Midwives (Oprah's Book Club)


Comments




Become a fan of Your #1 Source for Kindle eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store! on Facebook for the inside scoop on latest and most exclusive books.

SimpleTrack