Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman
William Morrow Paperback / May 1, 2012
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 blonde, Baptist cheerleader. As a curly haired Jew with a rampant sweet tooth and a smart mouth however, this was an impossible dream. Not helping the situation was her older brother David – a soccer star whose good looks, smarts and popularity reigned at school and at home. College provided an escape route, and Ruth took it. But her deeply rooted insecurities remained intact, manifesting in a dramatic weight loss met with heaps of praise at every turn.
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 an unhealthy relationship with food, he’s 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, the storm of repercussions forces Ruth and David to confront long-ignored truths about their town, their family, and themselves.