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Independent Press Award

2024 Distinguished Favorite

Love, Ruthie

Bonnie MacDougall

Was the poet, William Wordsworth, right when he wrote "the child is the father of the man"? That is the question Jane Meyer asks Ruth Lucas in a letter. Best friends since high school, and now in their early thirties, Ruth and Jane keep in close touch through letters, phone calls, and when they can, visits.When Ruth gets Jane's letter with this question about Wordsworth's line, she decides to review what stood out in her childhood and ask herself if those times informed and shaped the woman she became. This process takes her weeks and traverses early family memories, her college years, a job in Washington, her first lover, and other experiences on her way to becoming her own woman. Her answer to Jane's question is Love, Ruthie.

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