Ruth's Journey

Ruth's Journey

The Authorized Novel of Mammy From Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind

Book - 2014
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On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor--an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French emigres, 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 by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange's daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O'Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O'Hara--the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781451643534
Branch Call Number: MCCAI
Characteristics: 374 pages : color maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Margaret 1900-1949.


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Aug 09, 2016

This book was an interesting tie in to Gone with the Wind and the book, Rhett Butler's People. It gives us more of the background of Scarlett's mother. Mamie or Ruth has an interesting life story, which gave her the strong character in Gone with the Wind. This portrayal shows her to be more than a servant in a slave holder's world.

May 01, 2016

Bit hard to read sometimes due to the poor, uneducated language of the slaves which at times made it hard to follow. But still very good read!

Dec 23, 2014

Tried to read it , but could not get beyond page 66, when I gave up.

Dec 15, 2014

Well, I was near comatose for the first half. And then it just seemed to rush through the last half, especially considering how long GWTW is. Rhett Butler's People was a much more interesting parallel.

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