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A Harsh and Private Beauty

15 October 2019

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A Harsh and Private Beauty, is about the life and loves of Ruby Grace, now in her 89th year, on a train journey with her granddaughter back to Chicago, the city of her birth. When the book opens, Ruby is living in a retirement care home, but as a young woman, she was a jazz and blues singer, once trained for a career in opera. The novel traces Ruby's grandparent's immigration from Ireland to New York City, her father, Daniel Kenny's life in 1920s Chicago -- the era of gangsters, nightclubs, rum-running and Prohibition -- and Ruby's subsequent life in Montreal and Toronto. Headstrong and talented, Ruby struggled with the conventions of the times, was trapped in a marriage that forced her to give up her singing career, and in love with another man who shares her passion for music. Now, on the train headed back to a city she cannot remember, to a daughter she hardly knows, Ruby tries to look honestly at herself and the choices she has made, choices that affected not only her children, but her grandchildren. Ruby has a stroke on route, leaving the disconnected story of her life and love in the hands of her granddaughter, Lisa, who must reveal a secret to her father, Ruby's son, that her grandmother guarded all her life.--$cProvided by publisher.

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prohibition fiction man-woman relationships jazz singers

Control Number Identifier
CaOOCEL
Date published
2019.
Description conventions
rda
Dewey Decimal Classification Number
C813/.6
Dewey Decimal Edition Number
23
Distributor
Canadian Electronic Library (Firm),
General Note
Issued as part of the desLibris books collection
LCCN
PR9199.4.K4485
LCCN Item number
H377 2019eb
Modifying agency
BDX
Original cataloging agency
NLC
Physical Description | Extent
1 electronic text (225 pages)
Publisher or Distributor Number
CaOOCEL
System Control Number
(CaBNVSL)kck00240501
(OCoLC)1121277321
(CaOOCEL)457028
System Details Note
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Transcribing agency
YDX