Saving Ruth-Zoe Fishman

Saving Ruth

Zoe Fishman

Morrow, May 1 2012, $14.99

ISBN: 9780062059840

 

Growing up in Alabama, Ruth Wasserman wanted to fit in, but being a curly haired junk food Jew made her stand out from the predominantly white Baptist students who she attended high school with.  Making her feel even more of an outcast was her brother the golden one David was a popular soccer star.  Because of her low self-esteem, Ruth escaped Alabama to attend college out of state where she lost a ton of weight to become unhealthily emaciated.

 

Following her freshman year in Michigan she comes home for the summer to work as a lifeguard and teacher of young children at the local pool alongside of David.  However besides her food disorder, her sibling seems different and distant towards her even lost his thrill for soccer though he plays at school in Atlanta.  Their parents fear the future relationship between them without their children at home.  When Ruth rescues young Tanisha from drowning, instead of a heroine she is scorned and faces a lawsuit from angry parents over neglect.  She also hides her sibling’s secret from everyone though she knows he is at fault for the delay by not being poolside.  Finally there is David’s friend Chris.

 

This is a warm family drama starring a teenager who has spent her life feeling like a fish out of water, but proves she is a steel magnolia as she blossoms into a brave young woman performing difficult Balancing Acts between her family, her friends, Chris, her job and racial accusations.  Fans will enjoy the trials and tribulations of Ruth who saves herself by reaching out to save others.

 

Harriet Klausner

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