published in 2003,
More than thirty years ago, a mother laid her newborn baby daughter in a shoebox and left it by the bins in the back yard of an Italian restaurant. Now that baby, Rebecca, is a mother herself, searching for her origins and a story that will make sense of her life. Mourning Ruby is hugely moving, strongly plotted novel, full of vitality and a brilliant wealth of story. It’s about memory and history, loss and mourning ... and how to cope if you are flying across the Atlantic in a plane when one of the engines fails ...