Crackling with the energy and spark of strong, colorful characters whose lives are continually colliding, comes a poignant, uplifting story by a writer of extraordinary generosity of spirit and earthy wit. Hailed as aa triumpha by The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ruby River drops us into a small town during a blistering Alabama summer. Hattie Bohannon has just opened a truck stopaa magnet for transients of questionable background and inclination, some say, and an uneasy presence in tradition-bound, gossipy Maridoches. Hattie is quietly mourning her recently dead husband and trying to determine the contours of herself alone, but too often her strong-willed daughtersawhose burgeoning sexuality is attracting attention from the truck-stop patronsakeep her at loose ends. In a season of unrelenting heat, desire gestates and hovers over Maridoches, threatening the moral equilibrium of the small church-town. Then Hattieas oldest daughter, Jessamine, is falsely accused of prostitution, and the reverend conveniently declares war against the immorality of the Bohannons and their establishment. What ensues is a clash of wills and values that will leave no one unaffected. Lynn Pruett deftly weaves the struggles of Hattie, her daughters, and members of the community into a tapestry of individuals desperately trying to deny the conflicting urges of flesh and spirit, progress and tradition. In the manner of beloved contemporary writers such as Fannie Flagg and Rebecca Wells, Lynn Pruettas glorious talearich with the feel and flavor of the Southacaptures the struggle for the very soul of a community suddenly forced to look at itself in a new light.She craved a cigarette. It would settle her stomach and helpher figure out why Mama had hauled her out of bed so fast this morning, practically slammed her intothe car, and rode hellbentforleather down tothis hotbox. Actually, Connie hadna#39; tanbsp;...
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