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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In Ruin Creek, David Payne revisits North Carolina's Madden family.

Jimmy Madden, a fiercely independent high school basketball star with big dreams for his future, sees them dim one Fourth of July when his debutante girlfriend May Tilley tells him she is pregnant. Twelve years later, Jimmy grudgingly endures the workaday drudgery of his father-in-law's tobacco warehouse;
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Plume (first published 1993)
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Kathleen Granger
Hard to get into .... Drags. More dreary family pain. Brings to mind "We were the Mulvaney's"
Mary
Jan 21, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
This is a story about the breakdown of a marriage in the 1950s. It's told from three perspectives: Jimmy, the would-be doctor, May, daughter of a wealthy and influential southern family, and Joey, their unplanned 12-year-old son. It's a story about broken dreams and new found realities and how this family deals with them. I give this story an A+! - it was well-written and thought-provoking.
Julie
Superbly told story of extended family and the unraveling of a marriage told from different points of view. I believe the author was trying to help us see both the good and bad in the husband and the wife, but I simply could not like or sympathize with the husband who refused to grow up. The language, 1950's setting and the geography of coastal North Carolina were beautifully done.
Ginger
This book chronicles Joey Madden's parents' lives when they met and when they were married. It's told from the perspectives of Joey's mother, father and Joey himself and offers a lot of insight into Joey's personal issues that are discussed in "Gravesend Light". I read "Gravesend Light" first, so I found this book helpful in explaining things and giving more perspective.
Julie
If you ever want to read a really good Southern novel, give this one a shot. It starts out beautiful from the very first page . I read it long ago, but still remember it being one of my favorite Southern books .
Mary Curran
Very well written, but a little distancing. They should have seen the writing on the wall from the start and not married.
Marianne
The most beautiful prose I've read in a long time. His descriptions of the area are exquisite. His character development is without par. He shows a sensitivity unparalleled.
Jessica Rullo
Beautifully and realistically written. I could really feel and empathize with each character because of the three different perspectives written from.
Barbara
Like standing at the fence talking to your backyard nieghbor, You truly have to be a native to appreciate this book and it's characters.
Mary Solomon
Liked the writer's style and description but thought it belabored the family's dynamic.
Susan Tiritilli
Loved the book read it twice. I think it would be a great movie.
Geni
Engaging story. Southern lit.
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David Payne was born in North Carolina and attended the Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of five novels-- Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, Early From the Dance, Ruin Creek, Gravesend Light, Back to Wando Passo--and a memoir, Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother's Story, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in August 2015. Visit his author web ...more
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