Ruth Hamilton (1994)
This may be one of the most difficult books you will ever read. Not that the writing is tough to plow through–far from it–this book is beautifully composed. But the content will put you through an emotional ringer.
A woman living in the rural Midwest has her entire life destroyed in a matter of minutes. When her neighbor’s two-year-old drowns in the family pond while in her care, the community turns it’s back on the woman and her family. Tragedy follows tragedy when this woman, who works part-time as the school nurse, is accused of child molestation. This is when the book becomes almost too heavy to even pick up. But don’t let the depressing nature of the story scare you away; the writing style of this book will compel you to keep turning the pages.