Ruth is my second novel. It was short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award in 1987. Ruth is a kind of female ‘Jude the Obscure’, self-taught, creative and unworldly.
David English, who reviewed it for the Australian, said: ‘This is Dorothy Johnston’s second novel. It confirms that she had an awesome talent…In our contemporary literary family her cousins are Barbara Hanrahan and Helen Garner…Her sister is Kate Grenville but although she writes about madness and the dense texture of subjective life she does not ask the reader to identify with it.’