Drowning Ruth

Drowning Ruth

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753165112
  • 9780753165119

Review Text

This is a story of obsessive love set on a remote farm in Wisconsin. Amanda is sent home to recuperate when the stress of nursing soldiers during the First World War proves too much for her mental health. She quickly takes over the reins of the small household which consists of Mattie, her younger sister, whose husband Carl is away fighting, and their small daughter, Ruth - caring for them all just as she looked after Mattie when they were young girls growing up. However, when Carl returns home, wounded, it is to find that his beloved wife has drowned and a possessive aunt is raising Ruth. Strongly resentful at first, Carl grudgingly accepts the situation and the quasi family settles down into a daily routine, though he is still determined to find out why and how his wife died. Why had the two sisters decided to set up home on an island in the middle of winter, and how could Ruth remember drowning? Schwarz has written a haunting novel of secrets that are painstakingly revealed through three narrative voices. The result is both horrifying and intensely sad, dealing as it does with a vulnerable psyche that constantly struggles to find and live out its impression of normality whilst fearing the consequences of being found out. (Kirkus UK)
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