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According to Ruth by Jane Feaver
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May 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in April, 2010

This debut work is quite remarkable. The story takes place in 1979 in the remote Northumbrian countryside of England where four children witness the imploding and painful unraveling of their parent's marriage.

At times slow and steady, it is an insightful journey of 15 year old Ruth who desperately tries to make sense of her parents, her emotions toward her siblings, and Robert, a local farmers son who holds an attraction in her dismal and sad life.

Woven with Ruth's story is the overlapping tale of Robert and his family who recently lost a beloved son.

The author excellently captures the feelings of young Ruth who floats like a leaf on a rapid current while trying to find a soft landing on shore.

The remote countryside serves as an excellent setting for the bickering of the parents, the squabbling of the siblings, and the keen sense of loss as tightly knit families become unwound.


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