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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Dell Pub Group
Publication date September 1, 2000
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385502535
ISBN-10 0385502532
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.
Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night.
Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered.
Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it.

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Wheeler Pub Inc (January 1, 2001)
9781568959597 | details & prices | 422 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed.
With Philip Johansson | from Doubleday (September 1, 2000)
9780385499712 | details & prices | 338 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.10 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $23.95
This edition also contains The Grasslands: Discover This Wide Open Biome
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
The price comparison is for this edition
from Bantam Dell Pub Group (September 1, 2000)
9780385502535 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $23.95
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
Paperback
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from Fawcett Books (October 1, 2003)
9780345460356 | details & prices | 4.00 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $7.99
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wsconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth, in a mesmerizing tale of obsession, the dangers of keeping secrets, and the terrifying repercussions of revealing them.
Large print edition from Wheeler Pub Inc (August 1, 2001)
9781568951799 | details & prices | 422 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $12.95
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
from Ballantine Books (July 1, 2001)
9780345439109 | details & prices | 338 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
Cassette/Spoken Word
With Blair Brown (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (May 1, 2001)
9780553528534 | details & prices | 3.25 × 6.00 × 2.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (February 1, 2002)
9780606211659 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $24.51
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.
Prebinding
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from Turtleback Books (October 1, 2001)
9780613368049 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.95
About: Worn out from nursing soldiers at a Milwaukee hospital and struggling to recover from a traumatic love affair, Amanda Starkey returns to her family's rural Wisconsin farm to stay with her beloved sister, Mattie, and young niece, Ruth.

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