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Ruby

A Novel

by Cynthia Bond

Ruby
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    Apr 2014, 336 pages
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    Feb 2015, 336 pages

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Laced with a powerful sense of place and elements of hoodoo, this gut-wrenching yet captivating debut novel expertly explores difficult issues.

Liberty Township, an all-black community sitting on the East Texan plains is, at first glance, a rather ordinary place. It's full of assorted characters – from the red-blooded country boys who loiter outside the local liquor store and brothel; to the upstanding pillars of the community who find more solace in the word of God than at the bottom of a bottle. Each person knows his place in this community well and feels the need to keep up appearances. Everyone apart from Ruby Bell that is.

The daughter of an old, shamed Liberty family, Ruby has become a laughing stock. Shunned by the residents of the neighbourhood in which she has lived all her life, she staggers the streets in a daze, communicating with the ghosts who inhabit the graveyard outside her home. She leaves herself to be exploited and hated by her evangelical neighbors. Ruby is a lost cause – on the edge of an ...

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