Ruth - Universal Novel About a Mother’s Love Becomes One for the Ages

This classic novel touches on family relationships and cultural history, all set in exotic locales.
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Marlene S. Lewis


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Jan. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- The stunning novel Ruth takes place in the late 1950s, the dawn of the civil rights and women’s movements. Ruth is the only daughter of coffee plantation owners in Papua New Guinea. Having gone against her father’s wishes, she forsakes the lush Owen Stanley Ranges of her homeland for the streets of working-class Sydney, Australia. Finding herself disgraced and alone in a foreign land, Ruth lives by her wits to avoid sinking into a life of prostitution and poverty.

Ruth’s son becomes her driving force. Wanting to make a better life, she leaves her hand-to-mouth existence in Sydney to work in the vast, rugged plains of Outback New South Wales. Here, she marries the widower Lachlan McGrath, owner of Bryliambone station. Life is good until fate once again turns Ruth’s world upside down, and she faces the loss of everything. Driven to provide for her children, she sets about rebuilding her husband’s business.

Just as Ruth’s life is again coming together, news arrives of her father’s suspicious death. Ruth returns to sort out his affairs, only to face the shocking secrets that fractured her family years before. This classic novel touches on family relationships and cultural history, all set in exotic locales.

“This story of a young woman from her first sexual awakening to a new beginning in middle age is also the story of colonial racism in Australia in the fifties, and the consequences of this racism that are passed on from one generation to the next … In Ruth, Marlene S. Lewis tells a fictional story that feels absolutely real … Because the book depicts so many realistic instances of important universal social issues, Ruth is a book I highly recommend.” – Sandra Shwayder Sanchez,
RUTH (ISBN: 978-1848766235) is now available for $16.95 and can be ordered through: or

WHOLESALERS: This book is distributed by Ingram, Nielsen and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase.

About the Author: According to Marlene S. Lewis, “My writing and drive to write is inspired by everyday people who find themselves faced with extraordinary events and circumstances. It is that ‘something’ within an individual, which propels them to deal with – and not be crushed by – life’s difficulties that I find so truly moving and fascinating. Ruth is an amalgam of some of the remarkable women I have met along life’s path. The setting for Ruth was inspired by my discovery, and shock, at the conditions that existed in Papua New Guinea, while under the Australian administration, a situation that continued right up to the mid 1970s.”

Born in the 1950s in east Kent, England, the author emigrated to Australia in the 1960s. Apart from spending many years living in and around Sydney, she has also lived in rural New South Wales and Queensland. She worked in managerial roles within the community sector and is a trained psychotherapist with qualifications in liberal arts, and counseling psychology. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia and brings much of her knowledge and love of the country to her writing. Until recently, the focus of her work has been poetry.

For UK enquiries contact:
Sarah Taylor
Tel: 0116 2792299
Fax: 0116 2792277

For all others, contact the author direct:
Tel: +61 02 9863 3796

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