Book Review of The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth
The Book of Ruth
Author: Jane Hamilton
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2


I could not stop thinking about this book long after I finished it. This author is an incredibly gifted writer. The descriptions are bold and vivid. Though it is a story of devastation and pain, it is richly told. Ruth, a small town girl, is raised by a woman who is bitter about life. They coexist without closeness. Ruth's life is sheltered and drab. Because of her inexperience and ignorance, she meets a mentally ill man and falls in love. She does not see he is dangerous until he brings forth immense suffering and loss. Ruth finds strength and the courage to go on (as she had in childhood) through the love and support of an estranged aunt.