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Ruby - A Novel

Cynthia Bond

A New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, the epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction. Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city-the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village-all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man's dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love. Ruby was a finalist for the PEN America Robert Bingham Debut Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick.

A New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, the epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction. Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city-the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village-all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man's dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love. Ruby was a finalist for the PEN America Robert Bingham Debut Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick.
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A New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, the epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction. Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city-the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village-all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man's dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love. Ruby was a finalist for the PEN America Robert Bingham Debut Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 30m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:48


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:21


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:50


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:32


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:33


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:49


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:35


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:01


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:26


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:08


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:01


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:45


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:29


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:03


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:28


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

00:30