Ruby River

A Novel
Author(s): Lynn Pruett
Original Publish Date: Sep 03, 2013
Product Number: EB00640850
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802192455
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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"Lynn Pruett provides, by turns, a sensual, humorous, heart-breaking and uplifting look at life in a small Alabama town." —New Haven Advocate Hailed as "a triumph" by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Ruby River drops us into a small town during a blistering Alabama summer. Hattie Bohannon has just opened a truck stop—a magnet for transients of questionable background and inclination, some say, and an uneasy presence in tradition-bound, gossipy Maridoches. Hattie is quietly mourning her recently dead husband and trying to determine the contours of herself alone, but too often her strong-willed daughters—whose burgeoning sexuality is attracting attention from the truck-stop patrons—keep her at loose ends. Then Hattie's oldest daughter, Jessamine, is falsely accused of prostitution, and the reverend conveniently declares war against the immorality of the Bohannons and their establishment. Lynn Pruett deftly weaves the struggles of Hattie, her daughters, and members of the community into a tapestry of individuals desperately trying to deny the conflicting urges of flesh and spirit, progress and tradition. In the manner of beloved contemporary writers such as Fannie Flagg and Rebecca Wells, Lynn Pruett's glorious tale—rich with the feel and flavor of the South—captures the struggle for the very soul of a community suddenly forced to look at itself in a new light. "A first novel in the grand tradition of southern women writers." —Planet Weekly

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