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Drowning Ruth
Drowning Ruth: A Novel | Christina Schwarz
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Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut. Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night. Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered. Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it. From the Hardcover edition.
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Melwilk
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I have no idea how long this has been sitting on my shelf, but since it was written in 2000 it could be quite a while. Overall, it is a well-written story. It explores tragedy, unrealized dreams, and sacrifices people make. It also looks at love and how that affects the characters. It has a timeline that bounces around, and the reader must try to figure out what has happened. I enjoyed it.

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smg22
Drowning Ruth | Christina Schwartz
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Kept trying to guess how the story was going to play out. Was intrigued.

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Captivatedbybooks
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Dont mind my mess!!!! Sooo excited to read these!!!!! Thank you @inthegreensandblues #sss

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kristincatastrophic
Drowning Ruth: A Novel | Christina Schwarz
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I picked up a random assortment of books from the thift shop this morning, for $1 each. #thiftstore #bookhaul I'm a cheapskate and a bookworm.

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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

I feel like I was in a bit of a reading slump. I gave it 3 stars because I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.

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Rissa1
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After 14.5 years, I had to put my dog down today.

SassyBookworm Oh goodness, 😭 sending love and hugs your way! Fur babies leave paw prints on our hearts 🐾 2y
Megabooks Hugs!! I‘m so sorry. 💔💔 2y
DebinHawaii I'm so very sorry for your loss.Sending you hugs.💜 2y
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BookwormAHN I'm so sorry, sending hugs 💔 2y
TorieStorieS I‘m so sorry- my heart aches for you. 2y
Rissa1 Thank you! 2y
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Rissa1
Drowning Ruth: A Novel | Christina Schwarz
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Easter is over... time to catch up on my reading.📖

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bookworm.krizia
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😐😐😐

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Monica5
Drowning Ruth: A Novel | Christina Schwarz
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Set in 1919, in Wisconsin, a story of two sisters. A huge secret with a surprise ending.

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DivineDiana
Drowning Ruth: A Novel | Christina Schwarz
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I read this book years ago. A story of sisters and secrets that takes place in the winter of 1919 on a farm in Wisconsin. What I remember about this story is that it was filled with #sorrow . And there was a shocking ending. #septembowie

Cinfhen I read this one too but I can't remember the ending 😬I do remember it was a #slowburn 2y
BarbaraBB I read it too and don‘t remember 😂 2y
Monica5 I am fixing to start it. Hope it's good.😀 2y
DivineDiana It is a powerful story! 2y
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Drowning Ruth: A Novel | Christina Schwarz
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