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THE BOOK OF RUTH.

Hamilton, Jane.

ISBN 10: 0899197442 / ISBN 13: 9780899197449
Published by NY: TICKNOR & FIELDS. 1988, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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REVIEW COPY. (Publisher's printed publicity releases laid-in) Fine in a fine dj. Author's FIRST book. Bookseller Inventory # 19504

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Title: THE BOOK OF RUTH.

Publisher: NY: TICKNOR & FIELDS. 1988

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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2nd printing, SIGNED, FINE in NEAR FINE Dust Jacket, Hardcover, Mylar protected. Winner of the 1989 Pen/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel. This is clean, bright and tight copy.

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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.

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