The Book of Ruth - Jane Hamilton 1988 - Ticknor & Fields, New York - First Edition Hamilton’s first book and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel.

I tell myself that it should be simple to see through to the past now that I'm set loose, now that I can invent my own words, but nothing much has come my way without a price.

The Book of Ruth is a virtuoso performance and that's precisely why it can be excruciating to read. Author Jane Hamilton leads us through the arid life of Ruth Grey, who extracts what small pleasures and graces she can from a tiny Illinois town and the broken people who inhabit it. -
Oprah Book Club.

‘Ms. Hamilton gives Ruth a humble dignity and allows her hope… but it's not a heavenly hope. It's a common one, caked with mud and held with gritted teeth. And it's probably the only kind that's worth reading about.’ -
New York Times Book Review.
  Only 5,000 copies of the first edition first printing issued.

pp. [8] 324.
  Condition: Fine with one small 1mm mark to front free end-paper. in fine jacket.   Ref: 102882   Price: HK$ 1,200