Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Find in catalogThis is a hard book to read. Not for the language; which  is rich and full and doesn’t fail in its desire to bring to mind a given scene in meticulous detail and imagery. Not for the weaving of the stories of the intertwined lives of the inhabitants of the small east Texas town of Liberty. Not for the poverty of means, but for the inability to look beyond one’s own existence to that of others, mired in unexamined history and tradition. The willingness to inflict unspeakable cruelty on folk, especially the very young, who are so terribly vulnerable. For those who manage to endure the journey there is a sense of returning rightness and realization of the goodness in the world that is possible.

It was worth it.

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