This is a wonderful book that portrays an ordinary small town women who has little self worth; due to her enviroment, and her mother's abrupt manner.
Ruth grows up in a small mid western town, Honey Creek. She has a mother who can not let go of the past, and all the hate and resentment she has stored, a father who skips out on the family, a brother who is a genius, a slut for a best friend, and a mentally ill husband. Ruth works as a spotter in a drycleaners, she dreams of leaving Honey Creek, but sees no way out.
Ruth's husband and mother can not stand one another, and cannot get along, even for the sake of Ruth's son, Justy. Ruth is stuck in the middle of all the quarreling just wanting figure out what normal is and how to reach normality.
This report prepared by Penny Falulkner
Ruth is a strange looking, poor student, using language which implies borderline retardation. Her low self-esteem is reinforced by a mother who prefers Ruth's brother, Matt, to her. Ruth's marriage to a man her mother dislikes puts a lot of pressure on the marriage since economic necessity forces them to live under her roof. The author skillfully takes on the voice of a person with a skimpy education, low IQ and deprived background and reveals her as worthwhile and very heroic. Ruth's natural wisdom prevails as she comes to grips with the terrible calamity which changes her life.
This report prepared by Coletta Ollerer