Ruby Cathy feels left without friends, without comfort and without love. Then she meets Daphne Duprey, who is "cool, calm, cultured, sophisticated and refined" - everything that Ruby is not. Together, Ruby and Daphne build a relationship that gives each young woman a new understanding of strength, friendship and love.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Just Us Books, Inc.
ISBN 1933491043 ISBN13 9781933491042
Availability 0 units.
More About Rosa Guy
Guy, born in Trinidad, is a cofounder of both the Harlem Writer's Guild and the Black Arts Movement. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award.
Rosa Guy lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Rosa Guy died in 2012.
As a native New Yorker, and Harlemite, this book brings back so many fond memories of my growing up in Harlem, New York in the 1980s.
I read this book for the first time when I was sixteen years old. I was in high school and as an only child, I'd often experienced the loneliness that Ruby felt. I immediately identified with her character. Daphne DuPrey is an intriguing character, someone that you would want to know and know about. You learn about Ruby as she learns more about herself and about Daphne as Ruby learns about her.
It is a wonderful coming of age story. Though it deals with a lesbian romance, I don't think it's the primary focus of the book. The fact that it is a same-sex relationship, that is. I think it's more about a young woman coming to terms with who she is as a person and being free to be herself.
I highly recommend it.
The best ever Feb 2, 2003
I have read the Friends another book from Rosa Guy which is mainly about Ruby's sister Phyillisa and her poor friend Edith Jackson .In that book Ruby was crazy about a boy named Orlando.This is one of the squels to The Friends before you even start Ruby YOU HAVE TO READ The Friends to find out what Ruby was really about.Now Ruby faces different choices and becomes gay because no one at home cared for her the way the her mother did before she past away Ruby turned to a girl named Daphne Duprey which is harshed to Ruby because Ruby repects her Father Clavin an old Fasion west indian man.Ruby runs after Daphne all the time and listens to everything Daphne has to say.Calvin hires someone called Miss.Effie to buy thier food and then perpare it for them.Miss.Effie likes Calvin so much but she just gets on Calvin's nerves it's a book you will never want to put down i am not going to give you anymore of the scoop on this book you are just going to go have to go it pick iit up yourself it's a book anyone can enjoy take it from me...
If only. Jun 9, 2000
This book could have been so much better. If only the author didn't rush the ending that way. The relationship in this book between Ruby and Daphne was fasinating and engaging. This book could have been as beautiful and intriguing as Dive by Stacey Donavan. But instead the author took the easy way out. If you want to know how, read the book. But prepare to be disapointed and let down.
A bittersweet love story -- and more Jun 5, 2000
The personal is political, and vice versa. In clear and understandable language, Rosa Guy explores questions of race, class, gender, sexuality and what it means to be an activist. Most impressive of all, she does so with what to me seems an amazing amount of subtlety. The characters remain real people, despite the message the book is trying to send.
Outstanding Feb 23, 2000
Rosa Guy's Ruby is an excellent piece of reading material. I myself have read it several times over and the intensity of the writing pulls the reader right in. The reader is made to understand all of Ruby's frustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is a must read.