Holy smokes, this is a gut-punch of a book!! I found it disturbing, compelling, heart-wrenching and redemptive. This book tackles some serious darkness but is also infused with unconditional love. I would strongly advise caution going in though, there are some very graphic scenes of horrific abuse that makes me really wonder what the author has been through in her own life.
I was expecting this book to address the abuse more from a racism aspect. While that was partially the case, racism played a small part in this story. It was more about how abuse within a community can far exceed the abuses outsiders might inflict.
Through all the abuse though, there is a humanity in the main protagonists. The writing is vivid and gripping and keeps you hooked, as you need to know where Ruby and Ephram land and if they land together.
Thank you Goodreads for the giveaway. This is a book that will stick with me for a long time.