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Ruby

(2014)
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
A New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection, the epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. This beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, "the kind of pretty it hurt to look at," has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town's dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom's Juke, to Celia Jennings's kitchen, where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby.

Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man's dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.

Ruby was a finalist for the PEN America Robert Bingham Debut Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick.

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April 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ruby: A Novel (Oprahs Book Club 2.0)
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 0-8041-3909-1 / 978-0-8041-3909-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
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April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ruby
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 0-8041-3911-3 / 978-0-8041-3911-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 1-4736-2051-1 / 978-1-4736-2051-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 1-4736-2049-X / 978-1-4736-2049-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 0-8041-9495-5 / 978-0-8041-9495-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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February 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 0-8041-8824-6 / 978-0-8041-8824-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ruby
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
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May 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ruby
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April 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ruby: A Novel
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
ISBN: 0-8041-6589-0 / 978-0-8041-6589-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ruby: A Novel
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ruby: A Novel
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
Publisher: Random House Audio
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April 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ruby: A Novel
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ruby: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
Publisher: Two Roads
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February 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition) (Oprahs Book Club 2.0)
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
Publisher: Hogarth
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April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ruby: A Novel
Author(s): Cynthia Bond
Publisher: Hogarth
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