been more than a year since Oprah asked her fans to join
her in reading a book. On Tuesday she got back into the
swing of Book Club 2.0 with a new selection:
"Ruby" by Cynthia Bond.
have never read a book like this before," Oprah
says in her video announcement. "To say that itís
deep doesnít really describe it."
more. "Believe me, itís not easy finding words to
describe Ruby, because nothing comes close to the
experience of reading it," Oprah writes. "Itís
a love story, a ghost story, a story about the legacy of
racial injustice and sexual abuse. The title character,
when we first encounter her, is a once beautiful, now
ravaged woman ó filthy and barefoot ó who wanders
the streets of all-black Liberty Township, Texas. Itís
a place of paradoxes where drunken, cheating men chew
tobacco outside juke joints, then stumble home to
churchgoing wives who disapprove of their behavior yet
never say so. But no one is disapproved of more than
is Cynthia Bondís first novel. The Angeleno drew upon
the 15 years she spent working with at-risk and homeless
youth and her own experiences when writing the book.
her first and second drafts, struggling and living on
disability checks, she was a PEN Emerging Voices fellow.
"I wanted to kill myself and was hospitalized a
couple of times, but what kept bringing me back was
working on this book," Bond told the L.A. Times.
"When I finished that second draft, it was a real
victory for me."
Harpo production company has optioned the film and
television rights to "Ruby."