Ruth's Journey

Ruth's Journey

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a€œExquisitely imagined, deeply researched, Donald McCaig's Ruth's Journey brings to the foreground the most enigmatic and fascinating figure in Gone with the Wind. This is a brave work of literary empathy by a writer at the height of his powers, who demonstrates a magisterial understanding of the period, its clashing cultures, and its heartbreaking crisesa€ (Geraldine Brooks, author of March). a€œHer story began with a miracle.a€ On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivora€”an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French AcmigrAcs, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah. What follows is the sweeping tale of Rutha€™s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solangea€™s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald Oa€™Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett Oa€™Haraa€”the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days. Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable willa€”and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchella€™s Gone with the step into a dim interior. Solange coughed. Her husbanda#39;s head almost touched the smoke hole, which amused her. ... Field hands would expend their energy on their gardens rather than their mastera#39;s work. ... Wasna#39;t it their home too?

Title:Ruth's Journey
Author:Donald McCaig
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2014-10-14


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