A searing family story from one of our most beloved writers
The village is called Mount of Zeal. It s built in a bowl like an amphitheater, with the winding gear where the stage would be. The pit lies below. Ted Howker s school is on the edge of Lower Terrace next to the chapel. Upper Terrace in a thunderous echo of the Bible so loved by Ted s grandfather is Paradise. Ted, his father, and his brothers live in Middle. In the beginning: a household of men, all of whom work in the pit.
Susan Hill is an exceptional writer at the height of her powers. Every word is precisely right: the descriptions of the village and the pit, the people and the farm are exact and true; the heartbreak is inevitable yet new; and the imagery and imagination take your breath away."
Susan Hill has written three Ruby Raccoon stories, including Ruby Bakes a Cake, Ruby Paints a Picture, and Ruby's Perfect Day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.