Ruin Creek

Ruin Creek

by David Payne


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“Masterful . . . Somewhere between Faulkner and Conroy.”—The Denver Post

In Ruin Creek, David Payne revisits North Carolina’s windswept Outer Banks and the Madden family. Writing in the contrapuntal voices of eleven-year-old Joey and his parents, May and Jimmy, David Payne portrays a family that breaks apart, heals, and endures. Joey bears the burden of his parents’ increasingly unhappy union. As he struggles to cope with his fractured family life, Joey turns to his grandfather who explains that “a time may come when a person has to let go of what he loves in order to save himself.”

Imbued in Payne’s trademark lyrical prose and psychological acuity, this is a novel “full of life, full of wisdom, full of words that singe, sing, and somehow console” (The Boston Globe).

“The most gifted novelist of his generation.”—The Dallas Morning News

“A powerful, lyrical novel that is a joy to read.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385528122
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/1995
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Payne is the critically acclaimed author of five novels and a memoir, Barefoot to Avalon. He attended Philips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books have been translated into many languages and have been international bestsellers. He lives in Hillsboro, North Carolina.

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Ruin Creek 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about the breakdown of a marriage in the 1950s. It's told from three perspectives: Jimmy, the would-be doctor, May, daughter of a wealthy and influential southern family, and Joey, their unplanned 12-year-old son. It's a story about broken dreams and new found realities and how this family deals with them. I give this story an A+! - it was well-written and thought-provoking.
readaholic12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ruin Creek was a great read for me: memorable characters, evocative place and time, wonderfully written. I ran out and bought more by this author.
Amethyst26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best of Payne's so far; each character came through loud and clear.