Iris and Ruby

A Novel
Author(s): Rosie Thomas
Original Publish Date: Apr 05, 2016
Product Number: EB00768314
Released: Sep 23, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781468313345
Publisher: ABRAMS (Ignition)
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The bestselling author "writes with ravishing sensuality" in this saga of a wartime love that reverberates through three generations of women (The Times, London). The unexpected arrival of her willful teenage granddaughter, Ruby, brings life and disorder to eight-two-year-old Iris Black's old house in Cairo. Ruby, driven by her fraught relationship with her own mother to run away from England, is seeking refuge with the grandmother she hasn't seen for years. An unlikely bond develops between them, as Ruby helps Iris record her fading memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War II—and of her one true love whom she lost to the ravages of conflict. This long-ago love has shaped Iris's life, and, as becomes increasingly apparent, those of her daughter and her granddaughter. And it is to affect them all, again, in ways they could not have imagined. "[Thomas's] evocation of the wartime Cairo has all the raffish, glittering brittleness of life on the edge . . . Touches on the varieties and nuances of love between men and women, and the power of family relationships to enhance and destroy lives." —Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail "The pairing of these two women, at opposite life stages, shows how the generations can heal one another while discovering more about themselves . . . Lovely to read." —Historical Novel Society "[A] brilliant tale. Rosie Thomas is a writer whose talent shines with every page. I was lost immediately as the pages began turning and the story swallowed me up whole and took me along the two women's journeys." —Urban Book Reviews