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Drowning Ruth (2000) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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 charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night. Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.

Original title: Drowning Ruth
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistorical
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: Drowning Ruth

Drowning Ruth (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Powerful...Suspenseful...Richly textured...A chilling, precociously good start to a bright new novelist's career." New York Times
  • "A strong sense of portent and unusually vivid characters distinguish this mesmerizing first novel...Drowning Ruth is a complex and rewarding debut." Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass
  • "Gripping...A story of deep family rivalries...A remarkable debut." New York Times Book Review
  • "Riveting...A very suspenseful tale, one that will keep readers up shivering in the night." USA Today
  • "An absorbing tale in which, remarkably, the suspense comes from the unfolding of its characters, people as complex and surprising as anyone you might actually know...When the cracks in Amanda's fiercely protected life begin to widen, the secrets that seep through defy expectations, and most readers will be entirely under Schwarz's spell."
  • "A page-turner...A tale all the more disturbing because it is unmistakably human...It remains gripping to the end." New York Post
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Drowning Ruth (2000)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385502535
Pages: 338

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