Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

By Christina Schwarz

“POWERFUL . . . SUSPENSEFUL . . . RICHLY TEXTURED . . . [A] CHILLING, PRECOCIOUSLY solid begin to A brilliant NEW NOVELIST’S CAREER.”
–The big apple Times

“[A] gripping mental mystery . . . within the wintry weather of 1919, a tender mom named Mathilda Neumann drowns underneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The surprise of her dying dramatically alterations the lives of her daughter, bothered sister, and husband. . . . advised within the voices of a number of of the most characters and skipping from side to side in time, the narrative steadily and tantalizingly unearths the darkish relatives secrets and techniques and the unsettling discoveries that result in the reality of what really occurred the evening of the drowning. . . . Schwarz definitely succeeds at preserving the reader engrossed.”
–FRANCINE PROSE
Us Weekly

“DEFT and guaranteed . . . [WITH] robust CHARACTERS AND A PLOT lengthy ON rigidity AND SURPRISES.”
Time

“A powerful feel of portent and strangely brilliant characters distinguish this spell binding first novel approximately scary relations secrets and techniques and approximately annihilating guilt. Drowning Ruth is a fancy and profitable debut.”
–ANITA SHREVE
writer of The Pilot’s Wife

“RIVETING . . . a really SUSPENSEFUL story, one who WILL preserve READERS UP SHIVERING within the NIGHT.”
–USA Today

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