Crackpots: A Novel

by Sara Pritchard

When we first meet Ruby Reese she’s a spunky kid in a cowgirl hat, tap dancing her way through a slightly off-kilter 1950s childhood. With an insomniac mother and a demolitions-expert father, her entire family is what the residents of her small town would call "a bunch of crackpots." Despite the dramas of her upbringing, Ruby matures into a creative, introspective, and wholly beguiling woman. But her adulthood is marked by complex relationships and romantic missteps -- three unsuitable marriages, dramatic crushes, the complicated love between siblings. As Sara Pritchard deftly guides us through Ruby's story, from the present to the past and back again, a portrait of a remarkably resilient woman emerges. Suffused with humor and melancholy, imagination and insight, Crackpots heralds the debut of a skilled and sensitive storyteller.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618302451
  • ISBN-10: 061830245X
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication Date: 08/17/2003
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book
    When we first meet Ruby Reese she’s a spunky kid in a cowgirl hat, tap dancing her way through a slightly off-kilter 1950s childhood. With an insomniac mother and a demolitions-expert father, her entire family is what the residents of her small town would call "a bunch of crackpots." Despite the dramas of her upbringing, Ruby matures into a creative, introspective, and wholly beguiling woman. But her adulthood is marked by complex relationships and romantic missteps -- three unsuitable marriages, dramatic crushes, the complicated love between siblings. As Sara Pritchard deftly guides us through Ruby's story, from the present to the past and back again, a portrait of a remarkably resilient woman emerges. Suffused with humor and melancholy, imagination and insight, Crackpots heralds the debut of a skilled and sensitive storyteller.

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    "The writing is dazzling...In the middle of tragedy she makes you laugh out loud." The New York Times Book Review

    “Individual vignettes are telling and vivid, and the more intimate moments are engrossing . . . the dialogue is tight and the observations lyrical, and they hold Ruby’s world together beautifully.”

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    "Nimbly kaleidoscopic." Kirkus Reviews

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