RUBY by Cynthia Bond – OPRAH’s Book Club 2.0 selection

I was supposed to launch the Reflections Book Club with a memoir, but I felt compelled to begin it with Cynthia Bond’s RUBY, not because it was selected for Oprah’s Book Club–although impressive, but because Oprah said that it was the kind of book that she and Maya (Angelou) would have read together (if she were still alive), the fact that Bond has been compared to Toni Morrison and Zora Neal Hurston, and the fact that I ran across RUBY today at Targets (20%), while I was out shopping. So there you have it–the May selection for the book club, RUBY by Cynthia Bond. Comment on RUBY on TWITTER @Reflectionsbks (hashtag: #ReflectionsBooks) or on FACEBOOK at (Click on the Reflections Books page.)

Cindy Reads & Writes


Cynthia Bond’s debut novel, RUBY was first published early 2014 and received praise mostly in literary circles. But this is quickly changing now that Oprah has selected RUBY for her new Book Club 2.0 pick. To say we’re excited is an understatement. We along with “Miami Herald” Book Editor, Connie Ogle, met Cynthia in November at the Miami Book Fair and couldn’t get enough of both Cynthia the author and her brilliant book.


RUBY is one of those novels that when people ask me to explain what it’s about, I find myself tongue-tied. That happens for two reasons; one, I’m afraid of doing an injustice to the story and two, of not being able to explain the wonder captured in Bond’s lush lyricism, as she explores the extremes of human kindness and cruelty.

RUBY is not for the faint of heart. It’s a challenging read, includes graphic sexual violence and will stay with you long, after you’ve finished…

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  1. I saw her on Super Soul Sunday and it was an incredible interview.

    1. Thank you for sharing this. I’ll see if I can find a link. I’m debuting Reflections Book Club this month, and we’re starting with Bond’s Ruby.

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