Drowning Ruth

Drowning Ruth

A Novel

eBook - 2008
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Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken...
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Random House Publishing Group, 2008
ISBN: 9780307484055
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 05, 2015

I nearly quit reading this book several times. Mysterious books are one thing, but there was too much in this that was just plain impossible to follow, until the end. The women characters are "strong," but manipulative. The men are weak. I kept going because I wanted to know what Carl wanted to know. When I got there, I realized I should have been able to figure it out for myself. There are reasons for dysfunctional families, but as another reviewer pointed out, they "why" was never clear in this one. The writing itself is promising, for a first novel, so I might try one of her later ones.

tdk Aug 15, 2012

There is a great review on this page that really covers how I felt about the book. An enjoyable read. http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/drowning-ruth

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2thFxr
Jul 07, 2012

I was really looking forward to reading this book but was left disappointed. It was a slow read for me and didn't have nearly enough action. If you enjoy reading books that do nothing but explain the characters feelings and not much else, this is the book for you.

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chelliebel
Jun 12, 2012

I adored this book. It's on my bucket list of things to do to write it as a screenplay. It's so perfectly structured to be a movie.

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BookBear780
Nov 23, 2010

This was an excellent book. The author kept me captivated for the entire 300+ pages, leaving me wanting more every time I put the book down. It it so beautifully put together and the way all of the stories flowed into each other at the end was amazing. Definitely worth reading.

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dying2read
Oct 27, 2010

First Oprah book I ever read and I enjoyed it a lot.

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carness
Feb 11, 2010

Enjoyable read, dark and interesting.

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rmc63
Nov 13, 2009

read this book years ago as inaugural book club selection and I was hooked back into reading after years of busyiness with work and kids - I can remember enjoying the story however tragic some parts were

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Oprah's book club. This is one of my favourite books.

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