Title Profile & Character Information

Drowning Ruth

Annotation
"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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Characters
NameStarkey, Amanda
GenderFemale
TraitsSingle
Ex-nurse

NameNeumann, Carl
GenderMale
OccupationFarmer
TraitsWidower
World War I veteran
Single father

GenreDomestic
Historical
Psychological
Suspense
Fiction
TopicsDrownings
Family tragedy
Mental illness
Unplanned pregnancy
Family relationships
Sisters
Family secrets
SettingWisconsin
Rural
Farm