Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Book Review: The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

The Book of Ruth is old, from 1988, but I always shied away from it because it was an Oprah Book Club selection. I just finished it. Wow. It was amazing.

The narrator's tale is sad and beautiful all at once, like enjoying the beauty of fall leaves while knowing that the world will soon be cold, dark, and dead.

The writing was equally wonderful. How Jane Hamilton crafted nearly every sentence in the book so brilliantly while being true to Ruth's hillbilly voice is beyond me, but it's something I want to learn from.

Five meows--a must read!