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Ruth's Journey: A Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind Paperback – August 4, 2015
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The only authorized prequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind—the unforgettable story of Mammy. On a Caribbean island consumed by the flames of revolution, an infant girl falls under the care of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.
What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped first by her strong-willed mistress, and then by Solange’s daughter Ellen and Gerald O’Hara, the rough Irishman Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their unexpected connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the lives of three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a nuanced portrait of Mammy, at once a proud woman and a captive, a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. Through it all, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time.
Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.
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“Rich with sympathyand telling prose…McCaig’s prequel proves engaging and satisfying,” ― Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A much-needed fleshing out of one of the original book’s three major characters." ― Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Praise for Rhett Butler's People
"Pierces the mystery in which Mitchell shrouded Rhett Butler... The new story has its own integrity... [A] fine novel." ― The New York Times
"A must-read for Gone With the Wind fans." -- People
"McCaig creates a convincting backstory and has a real feel for men and the tensions between fathers, sons, friends and soldiers, aqs well as the nuances of Southern honor... The novel focuses on Rhett's point of view and explains exactly where he got his dash." ― USA Today
"A work of genuine literary aspiration that attempts to fill in the psychological blanks behind one of the most captivating enigmas in romantic fiction." ― The Guardian
"An engrossing update of Gone with the Wind that fans of the original will definitely give a damn about." ― Publishers Weekly
More praise for the novels of Donald McCaig
"Captures the details of wartime Virginia with stunning force... Think Gone With the Wind; think Cold Mountain." ― People
"This is a tale of courage, cowardice, death, life, growth, war, violence, redemption, and finally, love and compassion... A gentle compelling story." ― The Washington Post
"The finest novel about the Civil War ever written." ― Virginia Quarterly
"McCaig's prose is gorgeous...One of the best Civil War novels...Stunning." ― Houston Chronicle
" [McCaig] combines a farmer's eye for the natural world, a poet's ear for language, and the narrative flair of a bred-in-the-bone storyteller. The result is a novel that is credible, compelling, and humane." -- Geraldine Brooks, author of March
"McCaig has spun pure gold." ― Dayton Daily News
"Tantalizing. A flawless orchestration... Masterful... A model of concision, unshowy research and the easy authority of a novelist work with material he intuitively gets." ― Washington Post Book World
About the Author
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (August 4, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1451643543
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451643541
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first half drags, but does pick up in the second half. However it stays depressing.
I admire the author, as it is well written and historically accurate. It was a depressing and shameful time in history, and the author showcases this in Ruth's story.
Kept hoping Ruth would find a smidgen of happiness. After her husband was murdered and her only child was sold then died, Ruth never loved or was loved again.
Although Ruth's story ends long before she dies, the reader knows her life never gets any better.
If the intent of the author was to make the descendents of this era of US history feel shame or anger, it falls short. It is just too depressing. It rams the horrible to the point, that it is overload.
I am sorry I read this book, something I rarely feel.
I do applaud the author for putting this story together. Obviously he is a gifted writer. Way above average. But in my opinion this book is not a good look.
It was a good story for what it was, but it did not have the feeling of Mitchell's GWTW. It tried to blend the stories, but just missed the mark.
If you're a GWTW fan, this book is not going to please you.