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RubyBy Cynthia Bond
Reviewed by Jed Ocet

For her debut novel, Bond drew from her own life experiences for inspiration. Having survived abuse as a child, Bond (who is bisexual) later spent many years working with at-risk youth, particularly in the LGBTQ community. Many of the stories she heard were of homelessness, abuse, drugs, and prostitution—and she combined these with her own personal stories to help motivate her to write. Random House (


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