Award-winning author Jane Hamilton touched readers' hearts with her emotionally-charged novel, A Map of the World. She intimately involves her readers, again, with The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award. Growing up in a world of physical and emotional poverty, Ruth believes her shrewish mother's assessment of her-that she is dimwitted and worthless. When she marries an emotionally unstable ne'er-do-well, her troubles only multiply. Her job at the dry cleaners can't afford her little family the luxury of moving out of her mother's house. As the incessant bickering between her troubled husband and her abusive mother reaches a violent climax, Ruth must find a way to survive. Angela Jayne Rogers' sensitive narration brings to life the enduring wisdom, compassion, and strength of this innocent but battered soul. The Book of Ruth shines as a bittersweet testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
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"Rogers's reading of Jane Hamilton's tragedy takes some getting used to. Her voice cracks, and she affects the accent of the uneducated. But after a chapter or so, it becomes impossible to imagine Ruth, the courageous and bereft protagonist of Hamilton's moving novel, sounding like anyone other than Rogers. Her reading captures the wonder, innocence and compassion of Hamilton's heroine, who finds herself wedged between her perennially resentful mother and her chronically irresponsible husband. The listener cannot help but ache for Ruth because of her suffering and her earnestness--and even misses Rogers's voice after the last tape has ended. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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