Iris & Ruby

Iris & Ruby

Book - 2006
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Rosie Thomas, the bestselling author of "The Kashmir Shawl "and "Constance," will not fail to delight old and new fans alike with this stunning new novel. Set in the surrounds of Cairo, "Iris and Ruby" is a stirring story of family relationships spanning three generations.
Fragility and forgetfulness have left 82-year-old Iris vulnerable and in the care of her manservant, Mamdooh. Stiflingly quiet and claustrophobic, Iris's Cairo house is suddenly disturbed by the unexpected arrival of her troubled and willful granddaughter, Ruby, who, laboring under a fraught relationship with her family, has run away from England to seek solace with the grandmother she hasn't seen for many years.
An unlikely bond arises as the two women open themselves up to one another and Ruby helps Iris document her deteriorating memories of the vibrant life she enjoyed in Cairo during World War II, a time when she lost her heart to her one true love--the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux--and then lost him to the ravages of the war. It is the need to recover Iris's past and solidify Ruby's present that leads the two women into terrible danger in the Egyptian desert.
With skillfully intertwined narratives, written from the points of view of both Iris and Ruby, Rosie Thomas has created a characteristically atmospheric novel, rich and alive with descriptions of the bustling streets of Cairo and the vast, foreboding desert surrounding it. "Iris and Ruby "is a highly moving story spanning three generations of one family.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur & Company, c2006.
ISBN: 9781552785737
Branch Call Number: THO
Characteristics: 425 p.
Alternative Title: Iris and Ruby


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Nov 07, 2011

i have very mixed filling about this book. i liked it a lot. it captivating page turner but there was something wanting in the end. something missing.

Aug 10, 2011

Romance Novel Award (RNA) Winner 2007.

A good book. I enjoyed the character development and the journey in Cairo wartime. Recommend.

Aug 21, 2008

This is a fantastic story of a grandmother and granddaughter. It takes place in Cairo and really sheds light on this fabulous city from a very long time ago (the grandmother's story and perspective) and modern day (the granddaughter's story). HIGHLY recommend.

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