• Ruby

    Cynthia Bond

    Ephram Jennings n'a jamais oublié la petite fille aux longues nattes avec qui il s'était aventuré dans la forêt de pins de Liberty, à l'est du Texas. Mais la jeune Ruby a souffert plus qu'on ne saurait l'imaginer. Aussi s'échappe-t-elle dès qu'elle le peut pour aller vers les lumières du New York des années 1950. Si belle et si noire, Ruby se fait rapidement une place au coeur même de la ville, tout en ne cessant d'espérer croiser sa mère. Lorsqu'un télégramme de sa cousine la rappelle chez elle, Ruby Bell se retrouve, à trente ans, confrontée à l'extrême violence raciale de son enfance... Ephram décide de tout tenter pour l'arracher à la spirale de malheur qui la guette.

    /> « Cynthia Bond prouve qu'elle est une force littéraire puissante, un écrivain dont l'écriture à la fois précise et lyrique rappelle celle de Toni Morrison. » Oprah Winfrey « Puissant, indispensable, à peu près à l'image des personnages et des paysages décrits [...]. Un bijou littéraire que l'on n'est pas prêt d'oublier. » Edwige Danticat

  • THE NEWEST OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2.0 SELECTION A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

    Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city-the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village-all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

    Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man's dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.

  • The newest Oprahs Book Club 2.0 selection: this special ebook edition of Ruby by Cynthia Bond features exclusive content, including Oprahs personal notes, highlighted within the text; a reading group guide; and audio clips read by the author (supported devices only).
    The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.
    Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, the kind of pretty it hurt to look at, has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city--the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village--all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the towns dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.
    Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Blooms Juke, to Celia Jenningss kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of mans dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.

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