19 July 2010

Drowning Ruth: A Novel By Christina Schwarz

Drowning Ruth: A Novel
By Christina Schwarz
(Kindle Edition)


Drowning Ruth opens in 1919, on the heels of the influenza epidemic that followed the First World War. Although there were telephones and motor cars and dance halls in the small towns of Wisconsin in those years, the townspeople remained rigid and forbidding. As a young woman, Amanda Starkey, a Lutheran farmer's daughter, had been firmly discouraged from an inappropriate marriage with a neighboring Catholic boy. A few years later, as a nurse in Milwaukee, she is seduced by a dishonorable man. Her shame sends her into a nervous breakdown, and she returns to the family farm. Within a year, though, her beloved sister Mathilde drowns under mysterious circumstances. And when Mathilde's husband, Carl, returns from the war, he finds his small daughter, Ruth, in Amanda's tenacious grip, and she will tell him nothing about the night his wife drowned.

The first half of the book was really good, so good I didn’t want to put it down.  However, as the book evolved, it became predictable and tedious to finish.  I had the ending figured out long before I arrived there and I was tired of the characters long before I reached the end of the book.

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