The Book of Ruth is told from the perspective of Ruth, and in describing the events of her life she reveals more about herself than she is aware. Ruth's voice structures the tale, and it is very neat and methodical. The major events of the novel are complemented by a rich sense of Ruth's everyday life so that the dramatic climax of the book, which is hinted at throughout, is part of a well-drawn whole. Announced on October 10, 1996.
About the Author
Jane Hamilton lives and works in Wisconsin. The Book of Ruth, was awarded the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel.
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