Diamond Ruby

This is an exciting week for my family. First, my daughter turns 13 — which certainly is a significant event. Happy birthday, M! Honey, we have a teenager.

As thrilling as that is for us, it may not be as interesting for you as my other family news. Yesterday Simon & Schuster published my brother-in-law’s novel, Diamond Ruby.

Diamond Ruby is a tremendous story and a great read. This is how Simon & Schuster describes it:

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Thomas, newly responsible for her two young nieces after a devastating tragedy, is determined to keep her family safe in the vast, swirling world of 1920s New York City. She’s got street smarts, boundless determination, and one unusual skill: the ability to throw a ball as hard as the greatest pitchers in a baseball-mad city.

From Coney Island sideshows to the brand-new Yankee Stadium, Diamond Ruby chronicles the extraordinary life and times of a girl who rises from utter poverty to the kind of renown only the Roaring Twenties can bestow. But her fame comes with a price, and Ruby must escape a deadly web of conspiracy and threats from Prohibition rumrunners, the Ku Klux Klan, and the gangster underworld.

Diamond Ruby “is the exciting tale of a forgotten piece of baseball’s heritage, a girl who could throw with the best of them. A real page-turner, based closely on a true story” (Kevin Baker, author of Strivers Row).

I know, I know…  Joe is my brother-in-law. But you don’t have to take my word for it that Diamond Ruby is a fantastic book. The reviews have been stellar:

“Diamond Ruby is a very special book. Comparisons to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are not made lightly: Joseph Wallace deserves that accolade and many more. Ruby is a wonderful, memorable character and Wallace’s prose is a perfect match for her.”

—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Life Sentences and What the Dead Know

“Ruby is a keeper—a believable heroine living in a fully re-created New York world of baseball and Prohibition. There are echoes of Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but this story holds its own, allowing Diamond Ruby her place as a literary gem.”

— Library Journal, Starred Review

You can also check out a trailer for the book:

You’ll stay up too late wanting to find out what happens, and you’ll not want the book to end.

So, check out Diamond Ruby — available in fine bookstores everywhere.

David A.


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