Ruth Wasserman is looking forward to returning home to
Alabama for the summer. Her freshmen year at Michigan is
finally behind her. No more late nights spent studying for
exams or wild parties hanging out with guys who won't
remember her name in the morning. Much has changed for this
simple plus-size Jewish girl trying to make her way in the
world. Without a doubt, her recent weight loss is sure to be
the hot topic in town.
With the hot, sultry days looming, Ruth is excited to be
lifeguarding at the neighborhood pool again with her
favorite co-worker, her brother David. Home from college,
her soccer star sibling has always been the town's hero.
Handsome, athletic, and smart, David is every girl's dream
boyfriend. Near close to perfect in their parents' eyes,
David can do no wrong.
What starts out as any normal summer day turns into a life-
changing moment when Ruth steps in on David's watch and
saves a little girl from drowning. Whispering suspicions
from friends and family are raised as to David's wherewithal
to allow such a mishap to occur. When a secret between the
siblings put their loyalties to the test, their relationship
weathers emotional growing pains that forever will change
SAVING RUTH is the second novel by Zoe Fishman, author of
Balancing Acts. With rich prose evoking the sweet scents of
lazy summer days, she captures the true essence of a family
in crisis. The tender relationship between the siblings and
the emotional turmoil of the adults dealing with the after
effects of empty-nest syndrome make this novel relatable for
all ages. A truly poignant story worth the read.
When Ruth returns home to the South for the summer after her
freshman year at college, a near tragedy pushes her to
uncover family truths and take a good look at the woman she
wants to become.
Growing up in Alabama, all Ruth Wasserman wanted was to be a
blond Baptist cheerleader. But as a curly-haired Jew with a
rampant sweet tooth and a smart mouth, this was an
impossible dream. Not helping the situation was her older
brother, Davidâ€”a soccer star whose good looks, smarts, and
popularity reigned at school and at home. College provided
an escape route and Ruth took it.
Now home for the summer, she's back lifeguarding and
coaching alongside David, and although the job is the same,
nothing else is. She's a prisoner of her low self-esteem and
unhealthy relationship with food, David is closed off and
distant in a way he's never been before, and their parents
are struggling with the reality of an empty nest. When a
near drowning happens on their watch, a storm of
repercussions forces Ruth and David to confront long-ignored
truths about their town, their family, and themselves.