TEN GOOD SECONDS OF SILENCE > Selected reviews
Short-listed! Writers' Trust of Canada Fiction Prize. Ten Good Seconds of Silence was named a finalist.
Short-listed! City of Toronto Book Award. Ten Good Seconds of Silence was named a finalist.
Short-listed! The Amazon.ca/Books In Canada First Novel Award. Ten Good Seconds of Silence was named a finalist.
"Elizabeth Ruth's first novel reveals a highly creative writer who is not afraid of taking risks. She finds her imagery deep within her characters, with the kind of innovative storytelling that is binding new readers to new writers."
"Elizabeth Ruth's prose bursts with colour and metaphor. Clever and compelling, her debut novel is a dramatic portrayal of the inter-generational tensions surrounding memory, perception and identity."
"Echoes of Dickens, some John Irving and a little Timothy Findley scattered throughout." Books In Canada
Now Magazine names Ten Good Seconds of Silence as one of the top ten books of the year.
"Every once in a while a novel splashes to the surface of the slush pile like a big orange Koi in a pool of minnows. Such a novel is Ten Good Seconds of Silence. This is a powerful debut with echoes of Dickens, some John Irving and a little Timothy Findley scattered throughout." W.P. Kinsella, Books In Canada
"Debut novel full of surprises. Elizabeth Ruth's mother-and-daughter story subverts readers' expectations at every turn"
Robert J. Wiersema, Vancouver Sun
"Lilith Boot, the main character, wins the prize for this year's most unlikely superhero. An exceptional first novel. A mixture of Girl Interrupted and The Edible Woman, this oddly magical novel has a breathless feel." Now Magazine
"Ruth beautifully uses metaphors - "the only mother tongue" - to explore the nebulous concept of what it means to be 'normal' and what it means to love what you have never known - a lost child, an absent parent... Ruth is in charge of her subject matter here, skillfully honing in on the age-old triad if women, motherhood and madness with new insight, as she connects the issues to urban social realities. This is an important book for its daring, direct look at issues and people we too often confine not only in the margins of society, but in our minds as well." The Toronto Star
"Nuanced and compelling writing. Ruth shows every sign of being a writer of real promise..." The Globe and Mail
"Compelling first novel will soon have you hooked. Ruth is a courageous writer who creates courageous, exhilarating characters, challenging some of our most basic preconceptions... Brilliantly crafted, this debut novel is a joy to the heart and soul. It captures the lush diversity of human nature."
The Sunday Telegram, Newfoundland.
"This novel has a fluid structure, reminiscent of Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry. In one line of dialogue or one description of clothing, these characters become real...Ten Good Seconds of Silence is an excellent read, laced with rich and colourful metaphors, weaving its way through generations like a vine."
Books in Canada