Ilie Ruby's Writings
We used to be creatures that lived in the threshold of our becoming, my friends and I, neither here nor there, drifting in our fatherless universe. We ran wild at night, a fierce army of twelve-year old girls racing toward the precipice of womanhood. Our lives were mythic, our every move, dangerous. Just before sunrise, we’d crawl back in through our bedroom...
A Love Letter Back Years ago, while working as an editor at a publishing house, I came to see that writers are a strange breed of human, the sort that will cross miles of dry desert for one reader that understands their book. This is because for writers, every word, every page, is proof of the heart. Much like the wild geese in Mary Oliver’s famed poem,...
The New York Times Motherlode
New article up on the New York Times Motherlode about cross cultural holidays after adoption! http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/the-scents-and-tastes-of-h...
Puberty In Poverty: In Ethiopia There are barefoot girls everywhere, backs stacked with sticks, who have learned to lean forward into the brittle sunlight as they walk, as if it were a blessing That the sun should be favored just because it lights up the road ahead, and a boy, just because he is born All those female faces thrust into the light as the sun...
My second novel THE SALT GOD'S DAUGHTER arrived on September 4, 2012. It has been called "bewitching" by Kirkus Reviews, which is as thrilling as the note I received from a wonderful woman two days after it was published telling me she loved it. My first...
Causes Ilie Ruby Supports
Kamashi Children's Orphanage in Kamashi, Ethiopia