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The Book of Reuben
The Book of Reuben
Author: Tabitha King
Rueben Styles wanted a perfect life, and he chased his dream with a fervor unseen in Nodd's Ridge, Maine. Yet, he finds that perfection is but an illusion, and that happiness may come when one least expects it.
ISBN-13: 9780451179999
ISBN-10: 0451179994
Publication Date: 10/1/1995
Pages: 432
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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As Stephen King's wife, Tabitha King is most likely used to living in the shadows. However, she is an able author in her own right. The Book of Reuben takes place in Maine, and follows the life of an ordinary guy from a small town who tries to do his best to build a good life for himself and later for his family. He has some disastrous love affairs with women whose own problems cause disasters for both him and themselves. It is a coming of age book with a male main character, but the book really focuses on how American culture of the 60's was sometimes destructive for both men and women. It has some graphic sex and violence, but it isn't gratuitous, it just sets a mood. My only problem with the book was the ending...it goes out on a hopeful note, but it seems a bit tacked on. A dark but fascinating read.
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