Ruby Rousseau is haunted by her memories. First, her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident in their hometown of New Orleans. Then, a year later, Ruby dropped out of Tarble, a college for women in the Midwest, just before graduating. A painful love affair had pushed her to the brink of tragedy, throwing her whole life out of balance.
Now, ten months later, a suitcase belonging to a former classmate, Beth Richards, arrives on her doorstep, plunging Ruby into a dark mystery. Beth has gone missing, and the suitcase is the only tangible evidence of her whereabouts. Inside the bag, Ruby finds a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, the book she believes was a harbinger of her own madness. Is someone sending her a message—and what does it mean?
The Butterfly Sister (William Morrow Paperbacks; August 6, 2013) is a phenomenal debut novel that juxtaposes heartbreak and romance, madness and betrayal, art and determination. Along with Virginia Woolf, the works of Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins Gilman provide a cautionary tale for Ruby as an aspiring writer balancing the trials and tribulations of life as a young woman.
A search for answers leads Ruby back to Tarble, and as she digs into Beth’s past, Ruby is forced to confront her own—a journey that will lead her to reexamine her final days at school, including the married professor who broke her heart.
The ideal summer read.
This author’s debut strikes at the sensitivity often surrounding feminist literary classics. This first person account is an eloquent mix of past indiscretions, present mysteries, and potential future decisions. Ruby’s journey is a fast-paced, emotional, and mysterious. It left this reader with a powerful lasting impression and a deep need to reread the works of Woolf, Plath, and Gilman – something I’ve not felt in years.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by the author for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Born in the Chicago suburbs, Amy Gail Hansen spent her early childhood near New Orleans. She holds a BA in English from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A former English teacher, she works as a freelance writer and journalist in suburban Chicago, where she lives with her husband and three children. The Butterfly Sister is her debut novel.
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The Butterfly Sister: A Novel
Author: Amy Gail Hansen
On Sale: August 6, 2013; $14.99
Trade Paperback Original; ISBN: 9780062234629
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