Praise for LIVING UNDERGROUND . . .
“Ruth Walker reveals the inner lives of her characters with a quiet and purposeful grace. An impressive debut.”
– Rabindranath Maharaj, author of The Amazing Absorbing Boy, winner of both the 2011 Trillium and Toronto Book Awards.
Novel, Trade Paperback, Seraphim Editions, (September 2012), 288 pages, ISBN-13: 9781927079089, ISBN-10: 192707908X; $19.95. Available through Ben McNally Books, Blue Heron Books, ChaptersIndigo, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, The Book Depository.co.uk, & others. Kindle E-book Edition, (Jan. 2013); ASIN: B00B4YT5DY; $8.92; available here.
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About the book . . .
“Sheila Martin’s dismal childhood is irrevocably transformed when Sigmund Maier, the family’s enigmatic German tenant, introduces her to opera, music and much more. When he reappears in her ordered and successful adult life, Sigmund asks for her help with an immigration issue. Will she now discover the truth of why he vanished years ago?
Sheila soon discovers that “truth” has no clear definition and memories are nebulous as she is drawn into the turmoil and accusations surrounding his life before and during World War II. As she struggles with her own issues and family conflicts, she is forced to finally confront the secrets she has held for over 30 years.
Moving back and forth in time, this novel explores the ambiguity of human emotion – how our natures can embody both the ideals and delights of love alongside the most base and dispassionate sensibilities.” –Seraphim Editions
LIVING UNDERGROUND was a semi-finalist in the Chapters/Robertson Davies Manuscript Competition.
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Reviews . . .
“This debut and highly anticipated novel…is a touching human story that exposes how people we meet, even those briefly, can have a big impact on us by enlightening our thinking and very being. …A pure pleasure to read!” – Pauline Kiely, The Standard
“From the moment you pick up Living Underground, you will be enthralled … A book like this comes along every once in a blue moon.” – Kevin Craig, Try This Book On For Size
Living Underground is a wonderful and yet heartbreaking novel. Its characters are full of depth, and the emotional anguish they experience is palpable. It is impossible not to carry the story around with you in your head after you have finished.” – Laura Hamilton, More2Life4Women
To see how far afield Living Underground has already travelled, click here.
Book Club News . . .
If you belong to a book club that has chosen to read Living Underground, consider inviting Ruth for a visit! She has appeared as guest author in various Toronto locations and in Durham Region, and is now booking visits for 2013. Ruth will travel considerable distances to attend in person, and is also happy to connect by telephone, email, or Skype (for virtual visits & discussions). Inquire here.
Media . . .
Download the official press release for LIVING UNDERGROUND.
“This book really is hot off the presses!” Read Christy Chase’s September 20 article, in anticipation of the release of LIVING UNDERGROUND.
Ruth discusses writing and LIVING UNDERGROUND with host Bernadette Rule on “Art Waves” on Mohawk Radio.