A Novel

Bond, Cynthia

eBook - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"Ephram Jenkins has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," is already quite damaged, but Ephram is forcibly drawn to her. As soon as she becomes a young woman and has any power of her own, Ruby flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York City. Years later, when a funeral forces her to return home, 30-year-old Ruby will find herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised and stood by him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy"-- Loving the beautiful but damaged Ruby all of his life, Ephraim is torn between his dutiful sister and a chance for a life with Ruby when the latter returns to their small East Texas hometown and confronts the dark forces that traumatized her early years.

Publisher: New York :, Hogarth,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0804139105
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Mar 26, 2015
  • molmil8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't even know what to say. Not easy to read, not easy to put down. The best book I have ever hated to read. Sense of relief when I finished the book yet glad that I did.

Feb 28, 2015
  • readsalot80 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This isn't the easiest book to read because of what happened to Ruby in her past. The setting is a small black town in eastern Texas where Ruby and Ephram first meet. Ruby leaves town for New York but comes back and slowly descends into madness. Her past is slowly told and you understand why she behaves the way she does. She has been betrayed by the people who should have protected her but didn't. Now Ephram is showing her love and kindness and she doesn't know how to deal with it. This is heartbreaking book with characters that will stay with you for a long time.

Feb 10, 2015

Oprah Winfrey has selected this title for her Book Club 2.0.

Jul 24, 2014

Didn't finish.

Jul 09, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I couldn't get into this book for quite a while and even toyed with the idea of giving it up; but in the end i was glad I persevered. It was certainly different and heartrending. The characters are well drawn and the plot is well conceived.

Jun 15, 2014

"When they were kids, Ruby was the beautiful mixed-race girl whom preacher's son Ephram Jennings loved and others used. She escaped to New York as soon as she was able, and at 30, she came back to town. But the memories of the trauma she suffered there may be her undoing; she's been slipping towards madness for the decade since. Still in love with her, Ephram is torn between duty to the domineering sister who raised him and a chance for a life with Ruby -- one the townspeople seem determined to prevent. The town of Liberty is vividly depicted, as is the entrenched poverty, racism, and brutality of rural Texas in the 1960s and '70s. Told in poetic language, this debut is at times distressing, and will likely appeal to fans of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison." Fiction A to Z June 2014 newsletter


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Mar 11, 2015

a lil diff to tear int, good if u press through.


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