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Shelf Control: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies.  It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves.  Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!

For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post.


I love this idea of celebrating books on our book shelves that have been published for a while and we are yet to discover. I’m not choosing in any particular order. I’m just perusing my shelves and seeing what stands out for me at that moment.

This week, I have chosen:

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Published in the UK by Two Roads Books in May 2015.

~ What it’s about ~

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. For Ruby Bell, Liberty was a place of devastating violence from which she fled to seedy, glamorous 1950s New York.

Years later, pulled back home, thirty-year-old Ruby is faced with the seething hatred of a town desperate to destroy her. Witnessing her struggle, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Utterly transfixing, Cynthia Bond’s Ruby is a soaring novel of passion and courage.

~ When I added it to my book shelf ~

Emerald Street Liter

I bought Ruby after listening to Cynthia Bond talk about it at the inaugural Emerald Street Literary Festival on 11 June 2016. She was part of the The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction panel discussing: Are Female Spaces in Literature Important? with Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies) and Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen), chaired by Kate Mosse, Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author (Languedoc Trilogy – Labyrinth , Sepulchre and Citadel).

~ Why I want to read it ~

I bought this about a year before I decided to start blogging so I think at the time, I wanted to read it because it wouldn’t have been a book I’d normally read. Now I want to read it because I think it will be a powerful and well written read, exploring many important themes.

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