Mourning Ruby

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.68 hours)
Product Number: Z10570
Released: Apr 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490668666
Narrator/s: Virginia Leishman
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Description

About thirty years ago, a mother laid her newborn baby in a shoebox and left it in the backyard of an Italian restaurant. Now the baby, Rebecca, is a mother herself. A child of no one and nowhere, she has created her own unorthodox but tender family. Then this hopeful life is dealt a blow that could shatter even the strongest of ties. Now, Rebecca must face the future by delving into her mysterious past. Dunmore's most ambitious work to date, Mourning Ruby is a meditation on memory and history-both personal and public. It's an unforgettable tale of love, loss, and the transcendent power of storytelling itself

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Author(s): Helen Dunmore

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Author(s): Helen Dunmore
Narrator(s): Virginia Leishman
Product Number C2510
Released: Feb 10, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781402574863

Professional reviews

"An abandoned baby, Rebecca's story begins in a shoe box outside an Italian restaurant. Without family or history, even as an adult she's just a soul afloat in the world. First to anchor her is her friend Joe, a historian, who, absorbed in creating her history, abandons his passion for Stalin. He introduces her to Adam, a neonatologist, whom she marries. When their child, Ruby, unexpectedly dies, Rebecca's haunting narrative is once again cast adrift, fragmenting and blending with the stories of others tangentially connected to her. Virginia Leishman's soft, skillful reading holds this complex work together. Her direct and forceful narration, with its rich, precise intonations, weaves Rebecca's fragments into an emerging tapestry. Finally, the reader is reminded that, though past is often prologue, it is, after all, only prologue. Rebecca's real story is what she herself has fashioned from the shoe box and Ruby's death. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"

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