And Me Among Them

And Me Among Them

A Novel

Paperback - 2011
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As a young girl over seven feet tall, Ruth has a unique bird's-eye perspective on the world. More importantly, she possesses a gift of vision that allows her to intuit the emotions of other people, especially those of her troubled parents. Den Hartog is the author of "Water Wings" and "The Occupied Garden". She lives in Toronto.
Publisher: Calgary, Alta. : Freehand Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781554810543
Characteristics: 205 pages ;,23 cm.

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Cdnbookworm Sep 10, 2011

This is the story of Ruth, a young girl with a growth issue, and her parents Elspeth and James.
Elspeth and James met in England, when James went looking for a hat for his mother at the hat shop Elspeth worked at. Elspeth followed James back to his home in Canada, and began doing piecework in the local suit factory. James went back to his job as a mailman. They were pleased with their child Ruth, but began to worry when she kept growing. Elspeth uses her sewing skills to keep adding to Ruth's clothes. The couple worry about Ruth's relationship with other children and about her health. We see parts of this story from all three points of view. Highlighted here are the issues of communication that have developed between them. This book talks to the emotions involved and sees how the family struggles with acceptance of themselves and each other. We see how they conceal things from each other and deny things in their struggle to cope.

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