Leaving: A Novel
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Leaving: A Novel

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In 1959, newly-widowed and pregnant Ruby Washington and her thirteen-year-old half brother, Easton, board a bus in rural South Carolina, destined for Oakland, California. There, far from the violent events that forced her to flee her home, Ruby hopes to make a new life for her family.

Ruby gives birth to a daughter, Lida, and strives to raise the girl and Easton. But as the...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2002)
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Mocha Girl
Leaving is Richard Dry's debut novel and it is excellent!! It is the story of Ruby Washington's family - three generations and their actions and reactions to survive against all odds. In 1959, Ruby, poor and pregnant, hastily leaves small town Norma, South Carolina for Oakland, California with her younger half brother (Easton) in tow. She moves in with her father and his lover and finds work as a seamstress. Dry then blends in the political and social happenings of the time and we watch how Ruby...more
Breeann Kaczmarczyk
This book tells the story of one girl's life, along with her brother, daughter, and grandsons. The writer tells the story in bits and pieces. Each story is in chronological order, but each chapter is a different part of one of her family's lives, so you jump from 1950 to 1998 and back. It was an interesting way to write the story. It bothered me a little at first, but I got used to it, and really appreciated the way the story unfolded by the end.
This book was a nice read. It was based in my hometown, so I felt extremely connected to the story. However, the dialogue and whys, whens, and hows of the characters actions didnt flow. I didnt understand the intentions of the characters and the dialogue seemed awkward and forced. I wonder if the author being white, writing a story about Black life, could have something to do with this misstep in the book. Other than that, it was a good book.
Loved loved loved this book..it is a moving saga of a family through the years and how the sins of the fathers or ancestors really do influence the present generation and how sometimes its possible to change. This book shifts perception and time periods but is never hard to follow and impossible to forget. Love E, Lil Pit and Ruby will stay with you long after the book is done and that is the mark of a great read..Dont miss this one
This is my favorite novel right now. I read it in school a couple of years ago and got to meet the author. It's neat because parts of the story take place in the East Bay: El Cerrito and Berkeley.
Kylie Briggs
I first read this in my California Ethnic Studies Lit course. Very well written.
This book is excellent. There's not much else to say... I would recommend to anyone.
Amazing.& That Is All.
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