I’m excited to tell you about SAVING RUBY KING (on-sale: June 16, 2020; Park Row Books), the stunning #OwnVoices debut novel by Catherine Adel West that captures Chicago’s beauty, grit, violence, and brotherhood in equal breadth as a young woman is determined to protect her best friend and a deadly secret that threatens to undermine both of their families.
When Ruby King’s mother is killed in her home in the south side of Chicago, it’s dismissed as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But everyone knows that Ruby’s father may be responsible, and now she is left alone with him. Her best friend Layla is the only person she can trust, but Layla’s father, the pastor of their church and Ruby’s father’s old friend, demands Layla to keep her distance. Told in moving alternating perspectives between Layla, Ruby, and their fathers, the novel reveals a rich and complicated history between the families, but shadowy secrets unfold from the perspective of the Calvary Hope Christian Church, the structure that holds the key to their dearest and darkest moments. 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.
Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago’s south side, the daughter of a pastor. While the plot is fictional, the black church community she depicts is autobiographical. This novel was her response to not seeing black church communities represented in Film/TV/Books the way she saw it growing up.
This has received amazing preliminary reviews and sounds like its going to be an emotional and suspenseful journey for readers! I’ll definitely be trying to get my hands on a copy!
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by Park Row
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