This is the story of Ruby Lennox from the time of her conception in 1951 to 1992. She is the third daughter of a working class couple living in York, England. The novel traces the major events in her life, with emphasis on her childhood and teen years. This is a coming of age story, and the major theme of this novel is the relationship Ruby has with her mother, and how she comes to accept the nature of this relationship. A secondary theme is the patterns of behavior that are repeated from one generation to the next. There is a secondary story line which traces major events in the lives of Ruby's ancestors from pre-WW1 working class England to present day.
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The story follows Ruby from the moment she is conceived. As she grows, her language and awareness matures. She deals with the enormous loss of her older sister and other family members. Her family is also haunted by her family history, back one generation. The book has a subplot that traces the lives of Ruby's grandparents and great aunt and uncles.
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