The story behind the photo had become part of their family lore. Uncle John had arrived at the hospital wearing a red shirt. Ruth's father was outraged. He had learned his newborn baby might be able to see red, black and white (hence, his outfit). What if baby Ruth got confused and bonded with her uncle instead of him? He insisted his brother strip off his shirt for the visit and -- good brother that he was -- he complied.
In one passage, Ruth says, "Mom's quit cooking, like a person might quit smoking or gambling." Not because putting food on the table has become too overwhelming a task, but because she's concerned that the "years of cooking in aluminum pots, cooking with canned good, led to the dementia."
As you can probably tell, I've fallen a bit in love with this book. Thanks to the Tournament of Books for bringing it to my attention. For more about the Tournament of Books and the selections in this year's competition, click here.