×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Diamond Ruby: A Novel
     

Diamond Ruby: A Novel

3.9 12
by Joseph Wallace
 

See All Formats & Editions

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Thomas, newly responsible for her two young nieces after a devastating tragedy, is determined to keep her family safe in the vast, swirling world of 1920s New York City. She’s got street smarts, boundless determination, and one unusual skill: the ability to throw a ball as hard as the greatest pitchers in a baseball-mad city.

From

Overview

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Thomas, newly responsible for her two young nieces after a devastating tragedy, is determined to keep her family safe in the vast, swirling world of 1920s New York City. She’s got street smarts, boundless determination, and one unusual skill: the ability to throw a ball as hard as the greatest pitchers in a baseball-mad city.

From Coney Island sideshows to the brand-new Yankee Stadium, Diamond Ruby chronicles the extraordinary life and times of a girl who rises from utter poverty to the kind of renown only the Roaring Twenties can bestow. But her fame comes with a price, and Ruby must escape a deadly web of conspiracy and threats from Prohibition rumrunners, the Ku Klux Klan, and the gangster underworld.

Diamond Ruby
“is the exciting tale of a forgotten piece of baseball’s heritage, a girl who could throw with the best of them. A real page-turner, based closely on a true story” (Kevin Baker, author of Strivers Row).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439166314
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
410,186
File size:
2 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Diamond Ruby 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it will be good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
epicrat More than 1 year ago
There is always something satisfying with reading about historical figures - especially females - who break boundaries and change the world for the better. Yes, even if it simply involves bringing women into a man's sport. It just gives me hope for the world - and a better appreciation of the world we live in today. I mean, Diamond Ruby is set in the 1920s - that's 90 years ago, and while that seems like a century ago, how many of us still know someone who can remember such a time where sports were predominantly male? It's just astounding. Back to the book though, I really became invested in Ruby and her determination. She wasn't trying to prove the point that women can do things just as well as men (and maybe better) - she was simply trying to keep food on the table for her small family. After her parents and siblings die, Ruby is left as main breadwinner for her two nieces. Watching her go from being gawked at a sideshow like she was a bearded lady to playing on a men's baseball league was really fascinating. I loved the support system around her, including the famous Babe Ruth. While being a mostly uplifting book, there were dark moments in Ruby's life. For instance, when she is first trying to figure out how to feed herself and her two nieces, Ruby gets involved with modeling - the sort where the less you wear, the better - and the photographer will pay you quite handsomely if you treat him rather nicely. The whole situation just threw me aback - and it made me ill to think about the many girls who might have been coerced into such a lifestyle. Another moment is when Ruby gets involved with rigged baseball games - and she has to decide what to do for the sake of her family. Diamond Ruby is a fascinating read of a young woman who perseveres during a diversity of hardships and carves her place in baseball history. I can't wait to find out what Mr. Wallace has in store for Ruby!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EmilyMM More than 1 year ago
Joe Wallace has dramatically described both the plight of woman and the period in this book set in the 1920's it is both a delightful, heartbreaking and glorious tale of one woman's desire to overcome tragedy. Diamond Ruby does whatever is needed to keep her nieces clothed and fed after losing most of her family to the plague. Still she keeps her dignity, honor, love of life, and of baseball alive amidst the backdrop of squaler and hopelessness that was the plight of so many in these years. One is swept into the book from page one and therefore into the plight of one determined and astounding young woman who is befriended by Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth. In this gripping tale that can be read and enjoyed by anyone even if they are not fans of Baseball. Wonderfully written and beautifully told story by a master storyteller. I will be looking for more by Joe Wallace in the coming years. Marta Moran Bishop Author Wee Three: A Mother's Love in Verse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago