Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin: A Novel - Flyover Fiction (Paperback)
  • Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin: A Novel - Flyover Fiction (Paperback)
zoom

Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin: A Novel - Flyover Fiction (Paperback)

(author)
£15.99
Paperback 246 Pages / Published: 01/09/2018
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
Music, whether a Debussy etude or Gram Parsons's "Hickory Wind," has been a constant in Ruby Gervais's life. After Ruby helps fuel a paranoid fervor that spreads like wildfire throughout her rural Montana community, her home life deteriorates. As a sixteen-year-old high school dropout busing tables at the local bar two nights a week, her prospects are uncertain. So when, after her shift one night, the Idaho Rivermen invite her to join their band and head toward fame and fortune, Ruby doesn't think twice.

In Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin Mary Clearman Blew deftly braids together memories of the past with the present, when the Rivermen have imploded and a severely bruised and disillusioned Ruby returns to her hometown to find everything she ran away from waiting for her. In lyrical yet muscular prose, Blew explores women dealing with the isolation of small towns, the enduring damage done when a community turns against itself, the lasting effects of abuse on the vulnerable, and our capacity to confront the past and heal. Throughout, Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin is underscored by the music that forms inextricable bonds between Blew's fascinating characters.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496207586
Number of pages: 246
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin represents the latest achievement in Mary Clearman Blew's distinguished career across several genres. . . . Ruby Dreams demonstrates that you can go home again and that home can lead to health. But the return is harrowing."-O. Alan Weltzien, Western American Literature -- O. Alan Weltzien * Western American Literature *
"Mixing real time with past time, Blew reveals the underbelly of small-town life-secrets, betrayals, Satanic cults, and sexual abuse. But she also discovers grace and generosity driven by love, and how music may have the power both to heal and to connect. This is a stunning narrative told in vivid detail with the insights of someone who has been there. You will not be able to put it down."-Annick Smith, writer, filmmaker, and coeditor of Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie -- Annick Smith
"What makes the novel unforgettable is how Ruby Gervais rescues herself. . . . Only Mary Clearman Blew could have found the words, the songs, the friends, and the lost family that enable Ruby to survive and make a little dignity for herself along the way."-David Huddle, author of The Story of a Million Years -- David Huddle
"Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin begins like a slow float down a river, and then somehow you find yourself in very big water, being driven along on dark currents of paranoia yet feeling yourself pulled toward something promising and generous and sweet."-Kent Meyers, author of Twisted Tree -- Kent Meyers
"Over decades and a sequence of empathetic, vivid, and compelling books, Mary Clearman Blew-one of our master artists-has shown Westerners enacting sometimes difficult truths about our societies and selves. Once again, she is to be thanked, and congratulated."-William Kittredge, author of Hole in the Sky: A Memoir -- William Kittredge

You may also be interested in...

Normal People
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Paperback
A Rose Petal Summer
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Familiars
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
In a House of Lies
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Once Upon a River
Added to basket
Middle England
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Late in the Day
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Grown Ups
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Added to basket
The Rosie Result
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Long Call
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
An American Marriage
Added to basket
Inside Story
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
False Value
Added to basket
£18.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.