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Publisher's Summary

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and best-selling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler's People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature's greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.
"Her story began with a miracle." On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor - an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.
What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth's life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange's daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O'Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O'Hara - the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time.
Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will - and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.
©2014 Stephens Mitchell Trusts. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lesia Petrizio on 04-04-15


Awesome book absolutely loved it if you are a Gone with the Wind fan you've got to read this!!!

Well written! I did not want the book to end!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 11-19-14

Ruth's Journey: Mammy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I all most didn't get this as I had read a review that said it was "Horrible" which it is far from. If you are a fan of the book "Gone With The Wind" You love the characters in the story. Mammy being one of my favorite. It answers many questions about Mammy from the time she was 4 years old. Its the story of the south and of Slavery. That is, a "Horrible" part of American history. It chills our blood to even hear the 'N" word used. Get past that and you will enjoy reading Mammy's story.

Who was the most memorable character of Ruth's Journey and why?


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