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And Me Among Them

by (author) Kristen den Hartog

Freehand Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2011
Literary, Family Life
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Ruth grew too fast.

A young girl over seven feet tall, she struggles to conceal the physical and mental symptoms of her rapid growth, to connect with other children, and to appease her parents, Elspeth, an English seamstress who lost her family to the war, and James, a mailman rethinking his devotion to his wife. Not knowing how to help Ruth, Elspeth and James turn inward, away from one another. As their marriage falters, Ruth finds herself increasingly drawn to Suzy, the dangerous girl next door.

Ruth is not precocious, nor a prodigy, but her extraordinary size affords her extraordinary vision: a bird’s-eye perspective that allows her not just to remember but to watch her past play out. Possessing an uncanny ability to intuit the emotional secrets of her family’s past and present, Ruth gently surfaces Elspeth and James’s vulnerabilities, their regrets, and their deepest longings.

About the author

Kristen den Hartog is the author of the novels Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, and Origin of Haloes. Her most recent book, The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-torn Holland, was written with her sister, Tracy Kasaboski, and explores the life of their father’s family during the Second World War. Kristen lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

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  • Winner, Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, Trillium Award

User Reviews

Wonderfully poignant

A wonderfully poignant book about a little girl who grows too fast; how she copes with her family who love her but are helpless to know what to do, and the schoolmates who tease and humiliate her. It is not a sad book but is very emotional and shows how being different can be so hard and yet be hopeful that things will eventually turn out well.

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