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Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore

About the book

Rebecca was abandoned by her mother in a shoebox in the backyard of an Italian restaurant when she was two days old. Her life begins without history, in the dark outdoors. Who is she, where has she come from and what can she become? Thirty years later, married to Adam, she gives birth to Ruby, and to a new life for herself. But when sudden tragedy changed the course of that life for ever, and all the lives that touch hers, Rebecca is out in the world again, searching . . .

Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger WI reading group:

Helen Dunmore writes well and we were looking forward to this book. It was well written with some delightful descriptions and turns of phrase, but the narrative was such a disappointment. Almost a series of short stories any of which we would have loved to be a novel but not randomly put together as here.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore”

  1. Review by Southampton U3A reading group:
    We thought this was a well constructed book and enjoyed the way in which the four stories were interwoven. The author wrote of the tragedy of the accidental death of a much loved child most movingly, which our members felt was honestly portrayed including the deep depression and guilt of the parents. However, it was in the end not a tale of tragedy but of the triumph of the human spirit.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Bridgemary Bookworms
    Didn’t flow, very bitty. Some parts were enjoyable. Like the curate’s egg, good in parts. Nor conclusive.
    Star rating **

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book cover

Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore

About the book

Rebecca was abandoned by her mother in a shoebox in the backyard of an Italian restaurant when she was two days old. Her life begins without history, in the dark outdoors. Who is she, where has she come from and what can she become? Thirty years later, married to Adam, she gives birth to Ruby, and to a new life for herself. But when sudden tragedy changed the course of that life for ever, and all the lives that touch hers, Rebecca is out in the world again, searching . . .

Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger WI reading group:

Helen Dunmore writes well and we were looking forward to this book. It was well written with some delightful descriptions and turns of phrase, but the narrative was such a disappointment. Almost a series of short stories any of which we would have loved to be a novel but not randomly put together as here.

Star rating: **

Read the book

Request to borrow a reading group set
 
 

2 thoughts on “Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore”

  1. Review by Southampton U3A reading group:
    We thought this was a well constructed book and enjoyed the way in which the four stories were interwoven. The author wrote of the tragedy of the accidental death of a much loved child most movingly, which our members felt was honestly portrayed including the deep depression and guilt of the parents. However, it was in the end not a tale of tragedy but of the triumph of the human spirit.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Bridgemary Bookworms
    Didn’t flow, very bitty. Some parts were enjoyable. Like the curate’s egg, good in parts. Nor conclusive.
    Star rating **

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