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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his f
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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    Erin Kelly
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Let’s talk about how good this book is. The writing is gorgeous, the story compelling. Our narrator is a GHOST telling the story of an orphan—but also revealing her own tragic story in the process.

    But the book is about more than that. It’s about what it means to be a woman, then and now. It’s about the secrets we are forced to keep and the ones we impose on ourselves. It’s about forgiveness and justice. It’s about survival and loneliness.

    Beautifully written and wonderfully told. XO
    Andria
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The story of two girls: one living, one dead, separated by class and time but both struggling with what it means to be a woman in this world and what it means to be human and alive. Both are punished for their sexuality and suffer violence at the hands of those who should have kept them safe, but both have rebellious streaks and push back against the forces that limit their power. It's the story of unwanted girls mistreated girls abandoned girls who refuse to accept their fate and who know in th ...more
    Rachel
    Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    When I wasn’t reading this, I was thinking about it, it’s that good. I love a good historical fiction (which this was!), but when you throw ghosts into it I’m SOLD. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND!

    I cared about every character — I was angry, sad, elated for them. I cried and laughed and grinned, and at times was thoroughly creeped out (which I love!). Frankie is such a beautifully nuanced character, and I loved her wittiness and humor. I wanted to shake Toni at times, and I cannot tell you how deeply I f
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    Georgia Meagher
    2.75 Unfortunately this didn't work for me, which is sad because I loved Laura Ruby's previous book Bone Gap. It tried to do too many things at once and I was only ever interested in one of the main character's stories. Will still recommend this though if I know people who like this sort of thing.
    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Excuse me?!
    First of all, how dare you?
    Second...give it to me now
    Mary
    May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Amazing story, just a little too much YA angst for my personal taste.
    Kate
    May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read this in three hours on a plane and cried at the end. So good!
    Riley
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Actual Rating: 3.75/5

    The worlds of orphans and ghosts collide in Laura Ruby's latest genre-mashing novel.

    Set in 1940's Chicago (the time period artfully described on the back cover as when "the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II"), in the realms of both the living and dead, the novel manages to balance typical elements of young adult historical fiction and fantasy, complete with fable-like storytelling and characters based on Ruby's own Italian immigrant f
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    Jennifer
    Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Frankie and her two siblings are growing up at an orphanage in Chicago during WWII after the death of their mother. Their father visits occasionally, but has to work and support a new family. The story is told by a ghost who is watching over Frankie, but also is trying to remember what happened to her to make her a ghost. As Frankie and her siblings grow, it becomes evident that even safe places aren't so safe and dangers lurk everywhere, especially if you are a girl. It's an incredible story. D ...more
    Cressida
    Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a beautiful piece of literary YA fiction. ❤ A ghost story mixed with “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”-like painful-yet-hopeful story of love, family, and betrayal. And the cherry on top — the author’s familial connection to her story. ...more
    Lauren
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: young-adult
    I love a good historical ghost story. Laura Ruby clearly has a talent for writing and her detail is wonderful. But I found myself bored about halfway through. Good, just not for me I guess.
    Stacy268
    Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: young-adult
    So, so good. Orphanages, nuns, ghosts, a scathing commentary on the state of the world.
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    Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in Chicago with her family. Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices, The Florida Review, Sycamore Review and Nimrod. A collection of these stories, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Called "hilarious and heart-wrenching" by People and "a knowi ...more