Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book Review: "Saving Ruth"

Saving Ruth Zoe Fishman
Published: May 1, 2012
ISBN-10:  006205984X
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours

Ruth Wasserman is returning to her Alabama home after her freshman year of college in Michigan.  However, her home is not as she remembered--her brother is acting strange and there is something different about her parents.  Ruth herself has changed in ways that alarm her friends and family.  Both Ruth and her brother, David, spend the summer working as lifeguards.  When a near-drowning happens on their watch, all the issues in their family emerge.

I'm torn about this book.  There is much I like about it.  Zoe Fishman is a very talented writer and I enjoyed her style.  I felt that she created very realistic characters, something that you don't always find in this sort of Women's Fiction.  She also chose a very interesting time to write about--that first summer after Freshman year at college.  From my own experience, this was probably one of the most unsettled periods of my life--I went from being on my own at college to back to being a "child" in my parents' house.

However, I just felt that there was too much in this book.  It covers the post-freshman summer, racism, anti-semitism, childhood obesity, parental discord and, of course, a romantic sub-plot.  At 279 pages, Saving Ruth is not an especially long book and I just felt that Fishman tried to deal with too many issues in this.  I think that if she had trimmed the subject a bit more, it would have been a more successful novel.

While I can't say that I loved Saving Ruth, I did enjoy Fishman's writing and I would consider reading her other books.

If you would like to read other reviews of Saving Ruth, please visit the other blog on this book tour (the links go to the blog homepage, not the specific review).

May 22 - The Book Bag
May 24 - Travel Spot
May 28 - Confessions of an Avid Reader
May 30 - Tiffany's Bookshelf
June 5 - StephTheBookworm
June 11 - Bloggin' 'Bout Books
June 14 - It's A Crazy, Beautiful Life
June 18 - A Bookish Way of Life
June 19 - Iwriteinbooks' Blog
June 21 - Lisa's Yarns
June 22 - I Read. Do You?

If you would like to hear a live interview with Zoe Fishman, tune in to the Book Club on Air show on June 12th at 7PM ET.

This review is part of a blog tour by TLC book tours.  I received a copy of the book to read and review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you're looking forward to more from this author!

    Thanks for being on the tour.