Drowning Ruth

Drowning Ruth

Book - 2001
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"POWERFUL . . . SUSPENSEFUL . . . RICHLY TEXTURED . . . [A] CHILLING, PRECOCIOUSLY GOOD START TO A BRIGHT NEW NOVELIST'S CAREER."
-The New York Times

"[A] gripping psychological thriller . . . In the winter of 1919, a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The shock of her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter, troubled sister, and husband. . . . Told in the voices of several of the main characters and skipping back and forth in time, the narrative gradually and tantalizingly reveals the dark family secrets and the unsettling discoveries that lead to the truth of what actually happened the night of the drowning. . . . Schwarz certainly succeeds at keeping the reader engrossed."
-FRANCINE PROSE
Us Weekly

"DEFT AND ASSURED . . . [WITH] STRONG CHARACTERS AND A PLOT LONG ON TENSION AND SURPRISES."
- Time

"A strong sense of portent and unusually vivid characters distinguish this mesmerizing first novel about horrifying family secrets and nearly annihilating guilt. Drowning Ruth is a complex and rewarding debut."
-ANITA SHREVE
Author of The Pilot's Wife

"RIVETING . . . A VERY SUSPENSEFUL TALE, ONE THAT WILL KEEP READERS UP SHIVERING IN THE NIGHT."
-USA Today
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2001
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780345439109
0345439104
9780385499712
038549971X
Branch Call Number: FIC Schwa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xii, 338 p

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DorisWaggoner
Nov 05, 2015

I nearly quit reading this book several times. Mysterious books are one thing, but there was too much in this that was just plain impossible to follow, until the end. The women characters are "strong," but manipulative. The men are weak. I kept going because I wanted to know what Carl wanted to know. When I got there, I realized I should have been able to figure it out for myself. There are reasons for dysfunctional families, but as another reviewer pointed out, they "why" was never clear in this one. The writing itself is promising, for a first novel, so I might try one of her later ones.

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gvlee
Dec 20, 2014

I don't understand how this was an Oprah pick. It was mediocre at best and most of the characters are unlikeable. I only finished it to find out the truth of what happened. No plausible motive is ever given for Mathilda's drowning--we find out the how, but not the why. Maybe Oprah liked this book, but it is not recommended by me.

tdk Aug 15, 2012

There is a great review on this page that really covers how I felt about the book. An enjoyable read. http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/drowning-ruth

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2thFxr
Jul 07, 2012

I was really looking forward to reading this book but was left disappointed. It was a slow read for me and didn't have nearly enough action. If you enjoy reading books that do nothing but explain the characters feelings and not much else, this is the book for you.

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chelliebel
Jun 12, 2012

I adored this book. It's on my bucket list of things to do to write it as a screenplay. It's so perfectly structured to be a movie.

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BookBear780
Nov 23, 2010

This was an excellent book. The author kept me captivated for the entire 300+ pages, leaving me wanting more every time I put the book down. It it so beautifully put together and the way all of the stories flowed into each other at the end was amazing. Definitely worth reading.

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dying2read
Oct 27, 2010

First Oprah book I ever read and I enjoyed it a lot.

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carness
Feb 11, 2010

Enjoyable read, dark and interesting.

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rmc63
Nov 13, 2009

read this book years ago as inaugural book club selection and I was hooked back into reading after years of busyiness with work and kids - I can remember enjoying the story however tragic some parts were

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Oprah's book club. This is one of my favourite books.

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