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576 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1998
"That Ruth Cole would grow up to be that rare combination of a well-respected literary novelist and an internationally best-selling author is not as remarkable as the fact that she managed to grow up at all."
"In her life as a novelist, Ruth would never be converted to the computer; she would either write in longhand or with a typewriter that made the most old-fashioned noise of all the typewriters she could find."
"Hannah was a journalist. She presumed that all novels were substantially autobiographical. . . . In Ruth's novels, there was usually a woman character who was an adventurer--the Hannah character, Hannah called her. And there was always another woman character who held herself back; the less-bold character, Ruth called her--the Ruth character, Hannah said."
"On the subject of childhood, Ruth preferred what Graham Greene had written in 'The Power and the Glory:' 'There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.' Oh, yes--Ruth agreed."
"Since Ruth's earliest memories--not only since she'd begun to read, but from the first time her father had told her a story--books, and the characters in them, had entered her life and remained fixed there."
"At Ruth's wedding, Hannah read from George Eliot with a lack of conviction, but the words themselves were alive for Ruth.
'What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they were joined for life--to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?'"