The Book of Ruth Book Summary and Study Guide

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    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.
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    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.

The review of this Book 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Coletta Ollerer

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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