My Aunt Ruth

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9780060250874: My Aunt Ruth

Sixteen-year-old Patty is pleased when her Aunt Ruth, a vibrant actress who encourages her interest in the theatre, comes to visit, but then serious complications in Aunt Ruth's diabetes threaten her ability to walk.

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Though her parents deplore Ruth's ``bohemian'' lifestyle, stage-struck Patty dearly loves her glamorous actress aunt; the two are true friends and confidantes. Then Ruth arrives at Patty's home in Scarsdale with a devastating problem: the complications of diabetes may require amputation of a leg. More than half the book involves the operations, disappointments, and family trauma as Ruth loses one and then the other leg; meanwhile, her husband brutally announces by phone from L.A. that he's left Ruth for her best friend, and Patty plays a minor role in a high-school production of Our Town. Later, Ruth begins her rehabilitation, and Patty gets to play Juliet and wonders whether she's really cut out to be an actress. Much of the emotional action here turns on the family dynamics: Mom obediently gave up a career as a pianist to become a stockbroker; Ruth is a former rebel who denigrates her own success (just soaps and ads); and now doctor Dad opposes Patty's ambition. The parallels are worth exploring; unfortunately, Rosofsky spends too much time on realistic but repetitious dialogue and explanation of Ruth's adult problems, depicts Patty's parents as almost one-dimensionally narrow-minded and authoritarian, skimps on Patty's relationship with friend Helen, whose betrayal is crucial to her theme, and--near the end-- thrusts a new career goal (writing) on Patty without really motivating it. There's much of value here, but it hasn't been developed to good advantage. (Fiction. 12-16) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 7 Up-- In Patty's protected and secure world, Aunt Ruth epitomizes glamour and adventure. After all, she's a model, stars in the soaps, lives in Hollywood, and has an exciting husband who is also an actor. The only child of a surgeon and a stockbroker, Patty wants to become an actress. One day Aunt Ruth arrives for a visit. She is diabetic and is faced with the possibility of losing her leg. Aunt Ruth's struggle to deal with her medical and marital problems is paired with Patty's own struggle to define herself and choose a career. This is not about Aunt Ruth, however, who remains somewhat distant throughout, but rather is about a girl who must face her assumptions about life and the future. Patty is typically self-absorbed, even as her Aunt's health crisis escalates. This honest quality of the first-person narrative keeps the book from turning into melodrama. In a somewhat formal style, Rosofsky shows Patty discovering that mundane reality can be viewed as enchanted, and that accepting the world around her is a gift greater than fame and fortune. This quiet story hasn't got the glitz to grab kids, and will probably always need a push to "sell."-- Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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ROSOFSKY, IRIS
Published by HARPER COLLINS (1991)
ISBN 10: 0060250879 ISBN 13: 9780060250874
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