“I have never read a book like this before,” Oprah says about Ruby, Cynthia Bond’s haunting debut novel. Watch the video to find out why the latest selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 will wow you too.
Ruby is the fourth Book Club 2.0 pick, which comes just over a year after The Invention of Wings selection.
In the March issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, Oprah describes Bond as "a writer whose gritty realism is made magic by glittering language that entices you to stop and read whole sentences aloud," and recounts her first time reading the unforgettable novel.
"I was in bed with the flu when I started Ruby, but I kept going all day. Only when I got to an especially haunting part involving what Bond refers to as the Dyboù -- an evil force out of the conjure world -- did I stop. I had to. I couldn't read about the Dyboù at night. First thing the next day, I picked up the book again. One of my deepest pleasures in life is knowing there's more great reading to come. So when I got to the last 100 pages, I slowed down, taking a break every 20 pages or so to savor, lingering over sentences like 'The sky rolled thunder like a pair of dice.' By midafternoon I was done. Too soon.
When I found out that Bond is 53 and hadn't written a book before, I thought, Wow. This woman was born to write. There's no other explanation for such a vivid, searing first-time novel that penetrates through the page to the reader's heart. Writing is Bond's calling. No question about it. And when I found out that she's spent more than 15 years teaching writing to homeless and at-risk youth, I knew she must be truly special. I couldn't wait to call and tell her that Ruby is our new OBC 2.0 pick."
To read Oprah’s full interview with Bond, pick up the March issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands now.