Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West


An epic, enthralling story set in the South Side of Chicago of a young woman determined to protect her best friend and a deadly secret that threatens to undermine both of their families.

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Who killed Ruby’s mother? The road to the truth is filled with twists and turns and some devastating secrets. Told from multiple points of view (including the omniscient Calvary Hope Christian Church) and crossing over timelines, this is a story about generational trauma, cycles of abuse, loyalty, forgiveness, faith, and the racial divide in Chicago. It takes place in a black neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago that has suffered injustice at the hands of the police, and examines the impact of systemic racism on law enforcement behavior. This book is relevant, beautifully written and heartbreaking. A really excellent debut novel!

– Caida

Family. Faith. Secrets. Everything in this world comes full circle…

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it means she’ll be living alone with her violent father. The only person who understands the gravity of her situation is Ruby’s best friend Layla. Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? A crucial pilgrimage through the racially divided landscape of Chicago, SAVING RUBY KING explores the ways in which history doesn’t determine the present and how the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.

Reminiscent of Celeste Ng’s novels and Brit Bennett’s THE MOTHERS, at the center of this novel lies a secret and a murder that were both buried three generations prior. The aftershock of which can now be traced to Ruby and Layla – their sisterhood, the murky loyalties between their families, and the legacy of trauma they seek to escape. Together, they will finally find freedom, although it will come at a price.

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West
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