Quotes by Ilie Ruby

"Love isn't tested by how good it makes you feel. It's tested by whether you are brave enough to feel every part of it."

"Who can say what they’d have done in her situation. She’s stronger than she knows. I tried to tell her that every day, too.”
“Was that the truth?” Grant asks.
Joseph smiles. “You ever see a tree that’s dying, it’s nothing but a bunch of dried out branches? You can talk to this tree, tell it all about how its leaves are growing green and healthy. Then you sit back and watch how it changes."

"You could teach an animal to learn your language, but you'd be missing the point. The point was to learn its language. Only then would you understand."

"She said you had to know that which could save you, for it could probably also kill you."

"We spent afternoons kicking around in the sand, picking through the seaweed for shells, making headdresses of washed-up fishing ropes and hats from Styrofoam cups. Beach rats, we were called.

We stopped brushing our hair, and it hung in tangles spun by the salt air. We sprayed Sun-In across our heads and let it turn our hair orange in patches. Our skin peeled, and we didn't much care.

We woke up to the feel of sand in our sheets. We covered ourselves in baby oil and iodine and let the sun bake our skin. We smelled like Love's Baby Soft perfume, like summer all year long. We were tanned, with freckles across our noses."

Books by Ilie Ruby

Ilie Ruby
  • Ilie Ruby

  • Born: in Rochester, NY, The United States.

  • Description: The Salt God's Daughter takes place in the seaside community of Long Beach, CA, where I was a teacher over two decades ago. I adored this community, and never quite forgot the enchanted landscape dotted with luminous floating "islands," which were disguised to mask oil rigs along the coastline. Years later, as I began to write a modern-day folktale about the selkies, shape-shifters that are men on land and seals in the water, the setting of Long Beach began to emerge. The history of this beloved place became the bedrock of a multi-generational love story.

    My first novel, The Language of Trees takes place in a magical part of Upstate New York where I spent my childhood summers--Canandaigua Lake. Located in an area the Seneca Indians call The Chosen Spot, the lake is the source of local legends, Native American folklore, as well as restless spirits, both living and not.

    I have always thought of books as treasures. Most book reviews I write are unapologetically given 4 or 5 stars. That's because life is too short to finish a book I don't love, and I'd never, ever review a book I hadn't finished. Secondly, I feel much more comfortable recommending works I admire than I do criticizing things I don't.

    My articles have appeared in the New York Times Motherlode, and ParentDish, among others. Updated events are found on my website: -Website www.ilieruby.com-Twitter >@ilieruby
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