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Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time sheâ€™s 15, Ruby has developed a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Most everyone in the neighborhood knows you donâ€™t cross Ruby. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.\n\nWhen Ruby discovers sheâ€™s in the family way, sheâ€™s scared for the first time in her life. After hiding her growing belly with baggy dresses, Ruby secretly gives birth to a baby girl at Othellaâ€™s house. With few choices, Othella talks Ruby into giving the child awayâ€”and with the help of a shocking revelation, convinces Ruby to run off with her to New Orleans.\n\nBut nothing can erase Rubyâ€™s memories of the child she lostâ€”or quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her precious baby go. If thereâ€™s a fine line between best friend and worst nightmare, Ruby is surely treading it. Because someday, there will be a reckoning. And when it comes, Othella will learn the hard way that no one knows how to exact revenge quite like Ruby Jean Upshaw â€¦
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