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Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore
As Mourning Ruby begins, Ruby, the only child of Rebecca and Adam, has been dead a few years. Adam is a neonatologist who works with dying babies, but Rebecca, abandoned in a shoebox as a baby, seems to live a life of separation. Rebecca is unable to deal with her loss, feeling left alone in the world again. Her best friend, Joe, a writer, is thousands of miles away in Russia researching a book on Stalin. Helen Dunmore treats us to the story of Adam and Rebecca's life, the richness and bliss brought to it by Ruby, and their struggle to find meaning after her death. Mourning Ruby also contains the stories of loss and redemption of the other people that move through Rebecca's life. Receiving mostly high praise, The Independent says, "Intellectual, elegantly crafted, strongly plotted, this is a fine if sombre novel."