Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

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Despite the heavy topics, “Saving Ruth” is a light read that will make you smile and maybe even shed a tear.
-Atlanta Jewish Times


A wonderful coming-of-age novel from Zoe Fishman, author of Balancing Acts, Saving Ruth tells the story of a fish-out-of-water young Jewish woman, returning to her Alabama hometown after a semester at a “Yankee college,” only to discover that life—and she, herself—haven’t really changed in the ways she’d hoped. Southern fiction with a pungent twist, Saving Ruth is a wonderfully evocative, delightfully engaging tale that, nonetheless, seriously addresses provocative issues like anorexia, family dynamics, and the racial and ethnic tensions of the Deep South.

About Zoe Fishman

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Zoe Fishman is the author of Balancing Acts (Harper Paperbacks, 2010). She grew up in Mobile, Alabama and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.
Published May 1, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 304 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 15 2012

Conflicts and secrets abound, yet the tension doesn’t quite build, so the eruption of the final crisis seems abrupt and the resolution far too easy.

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Atlanta Jewish Times

Reviewed by Jessie Miller on Jun 05 2012

Despite the heavy topics, “Saving Ruth” is a light read that will make you smile and maybe even shed a tear.

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Fresh Fiction

Reviewed by Jennifer Vido on Apr 24 2012

With rich prose evoking the sweet scents of lazy summer days, she captures the true essence of a family in crisis...A truly poignant story worth the read.

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Luxury Reading

Reviewed by Jennifer Leisey on Jul 05 2012

....but I thought Saving Ruth had a wonderful storyline . . . with much more potential for real depth.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Reviewed by Jenn on Jul 10 2012

Saving Ruth is truly compelling novel that addresses many sensitive subjects including eating disorders, racial tensions, depression and more. Fishman excels at accurately portraying issues that are relevant to every individual at this age...

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Rather Be Reading

Reviewed by Estelle on Aug 17 2012

Fishman has created a well-written work that manages to weave in various storylines and not pollute the pages with too much of anything. She has a refreshing and simple style ....

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Steph the Bookworm

Reviewed by StephTheBookworm on Jun 20 2012

But the story is not really about her eating disorder per se, it’s more of a story of her coming to terms with herself and coming out of her brother’s shadow when she discovers he is not the golden boy everyone else sees.

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Small World Reads

Reviewed by Sarah on Jun 14 2012

The book could have had a lot more depth had Fishman revealed other stories...As it is, it's a nice beach read that will take you back to your own coming-of-age days.

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Reviewed by Kaye on May 01 2012

Although I am sure I am not the target audience for this book, I thought it was reasonably well done but the end ties up a little too neatly for me.

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