Saving Ruby King: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2020
10 hours 14 minutes
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine, USA Today Book Riot, The Rumpus, Library Journal, PureWow, The Every Girl, Parade and more.

“Forever and to the end. That’s what they say instead of I love you.”

When Ruby King’s mother is found murdered in their home in Chicago’s South Side, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it’s a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy.

Their closeness is tested when Layla’s father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.

An unforgettable debut novel, Saving Ruby King is a powerful testament that history doesn’t determine the present and the bonds of friendship can forever shape the future.
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Latoya L.

"Calvary", the church walls tells story after story because you see, we people don't see it all, but someone always does. The world takes so much but "Forever and to the end", those words meant do much. To them, it surpassed the overused term "I love You". Hmmmm, the girls(Naomi, Sarah, and Violet) being 20 but still acting as teenagers didn't sit right with me. But then again, all the trauma they had to endure explains it all, literally from cradle to grave. Rape, abuse, molestation, alcoholism, arrogance, backstabbing, and death all hidden behind religion and parenting. A pastor, one they regard as "King Saul", molested his daughter Sarah every night, and now that her mother is dead, he amps his antics up and ends up impregnated his daughter. Naomi and Violet have a plan to get her away from Evil and his doings. But evil isn't new, it does disappear no matter where you flea to. Now there's Ruby (Rue) and Layla best friends. Like the other girls, they too endured too much. Rue's mother (Alice) was killed, by who, many think it's her abusive father(LeBanon) Layla knows all of her secrets and wants to rescue her from her father. Lebanons mother Sheila is dying from cancer, but she is the reason why he's the way he is. She beat him as he beat his wife Alice and daughter Rue. I despise how he refers to his daughter as "the girl", yuck men

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