Title Profile & Character Information

The Book of Ruth

Annotation
Winner of the 1989 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award  for best first novel, this exquisite book  confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence  from which the author creates a stunning testament  to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and  love.

Awards
1989  Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award


Author Notes
  Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's magazine. For The Book of Ruth she received the 1989 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel.
Characters
NameGrey, Ruth
GendersFemale
 Female
TraitsMarried
Mother
Abused
Uneducated
Married
Mother
Abused
Uneducated

GenreDomestic
Coming of age
Fiction
TopicsFamily relationships
Social outcasts
Domestic abuse
Dysfunctional families
Alienation
Self-discovery
Mothers and daughters
Family relationships
Social outcasts
Domestic abuse
Dysfunctional families
Alienation
Self-discovery
Mothers and daughters
SettingHoney Creek, Illinois
Illinois-Wisconsin border
Honey Creek, Illinois
Illinois-Wisconsin border
Small town
Small town