A Song I Knew by Heart: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
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During a cold Massachusetts winter, a tragic car accident leaves a mother childless and her daughter-in-law a widow. Naomi and Ruth are now each other’s only comfort. Naomi lost her own husband eight years ago, and now she has lost her son. Carrying a deep secret in her soul, Naomi decides to return to her childhood home in coastal South Carolina. When she tells Ruth her plan, she receives an unexpected reply: “Where you go, I will go.” So the two women plan the journey together, arriving at a place that is flooded with a love they are nearly too fragile to accept. Surrounded by the warmth of their newfound family, Naomi and Ruth begin to find themselves reawakened–and open to the possibility of redemption.

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

This book was so poorly plotted I began to wonder if it was a spoof. Obviously a retelling of the biblical story of Ruth & Naomi, I can't imagine a real daughter-in-law being so in love with her ... Read full review

User Review  - Radiolady - Christianbook.com

I had a difficult time reading this book because the writing style was so "podunk" it made the characters come across as dull and uneducated. I found myself frequently getting lost in a sentence, and ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Bret Lott is the bestselling author of twelve books, including the novels Ancient Highway, The Hunt Club, A Song I Knew by Heart, and Jewel (an Oprah's Book Club selection). Formerly editor of The Southern Review, Lott was appointed to the National Council on the Arts in 2006. He Lives with his wife, Melanie, in Hanahan, South Carolina, and teaches at the College of Charleston.

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