Smoke by Elizabeth Ruth


byElizabeth Ruth

Kobo ebook | August 30, 2005

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In the 1950s, in the Ontario tobacco-growing community of Smoke, a young boy on the verge of manhood is scarred forever. A night out with his buddies, too much booze and a lit cigarette, and Buster McFiddie's life will never be the same. Through the process of healing, one man's voice speaks to him, softly, to ease his pain, spinning yarns of The Purple Gang, the notorious Detroit mob. It is the voice of John Gray, the town doctor, and soon it's clear that telling these tales means as much to Doc as hearing them means to Buster.

In an era of conformity, a disfigured boy tries to move his life forward, and an old man grapples desperately with his past: the convergence of two lives on the cusp will change each of them, and the small-town world that binds them, in ways they could not have imagined.

Elizabeth Ruth's second novel is a tour de force: a potent, richly inventive story of identity and transformation, of reconciliation between the way you are seen, and the truth of who you really are.

Title:SmokeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 30, 2005Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143181777

ISBN - 13:9780143181774


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Second Novel By Elizabeth Ruth This is a great story that draws you into the world of 1950's small town Ontario. For a tale that deals with a horribly scarred burn victim and a Doctor with a dark past, it is surprisingly redemptive and utterly believeable. A great follow-up to Ten Good Seconds of Silence.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story so rich, you can taste it... Elizabeth Ruth weaves a captivating story of scarred young man coming of age and finding himself while an old man looks back and relives his own complicated, mysterious history. The two are unlikely friends but their strong bond and loyalty to each other disarmed and charmed me. The entire cast of characters seemed rich, real, and unique. In addition to the captivating story and the engaging characters, Ruth's descriptions of everything (from the tobacco fields to the Purple Gang to a mother's dress) are sensuous and nearly seductive. I highly recommend this book for it's engaging story, unique setting, and sensory-heavy description.
Date published: 2006-06-01