The Book of Ruth
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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.
that I would pass ever happened. started telling me that when my age she me into the living she was loved to dance. She wiggled her fanny and took room by the wrist; she trotted around moving the TV out of the way and pushing the chairs to the side. She grabbed my grandmother's handmade broom, the antique May always said was especially valuable because of the walnut handle. She started waltzing with it. She was graceful, and she smiled at the broom awfully moony. I thought I was going
planning to do, young lady, now that you're out of high school?" turning red like and he pats my diploma I say, that people always treated her like that. on her stumpy — legs. She didn't even put her — —  May's lobster hands, I say fast, "I'm gonna go work at the dry cleaners." Nobody makes one sound. Matt is wishing an elephant would come over, hook its trunk around me, and carry me off. I can see all of them thinking, How in the world did one family turn out a genius, ready
supper we didn't talk much. We worked at getting at the salt shaker. down our that food Aunt Sid wrote me much throats. right back and said she liked seeing wedding. She said me so had astonished her, that she wasn't prepared to see a woman marching down the aisle. She said we would meet soon, she was sure we would; we'd have so at the I many things to talk over! Aunt Sid never used exclamation points, and I was suspicious of that one, the first she had ever used on me. It was as
corner so he saw Ruby jump. Although it was December the river wasn't quite frozen over yet. Still, it was cold enough for life. mud bottom. stiff to move from the hard Paramedics had to wear special suits to get Ruby, to protect the fish to shut down, too They dragged him bodies. up. He was limp and filthy. out, slapped his face, When the hospital called me know what Ruby was there, room 209. to cry. told me bed rail May they were saying; didn't I bumped I started
fairminded, then there simply isn't ness or just deserts. I'm not going to in the following weeks I set out for I learned the the rulers of the any such thing I as fair- you how many times De Kalb, where Aunt Sid tell my stomach led me back to the hearth fires. won't about my dreams starring Aunt Sid, who adopts me, and lived, before you happen tell kingdom I to look exactly like Shirley In the third grade I Temple. actually started to supposed to write to a pen know Aunt