Ruth Tiger The Away Place
Because people with disabilities thrive in community



Ruth Tiger, Author

The Away Place is my first novel.
This book, published in 2009, is about John, an institutionalized adult with Down Syndrome who thrived by using his creativity and imagination to escape the bleakness of his cloistered world. When John is suddenly thrust into a community group home he faces the greatest challenges of his life. Sarah is a doctoral student whose crusade to rescue disabled adults from the monolithic asylum is motivated by her mother's startling deathbed confession. Starting the group home with John and four others, Sarah is confronted by the extreme demands of 24-hour care for five severely disabled men.  Together she and John weather the deepest struggles and greatest joys of life in what John calls the world outside, “The Away Place.”

My 2nd novel,
Signs of Life is the story of a young woman, Anna, whose life in rural Norway is turned upside down by the bubonic plague of 1348; her struggles to deal with the loss of her family, an unwanted pregnancy, and the aftermath of the Great Pestilence lead her on an unexpected path of challenge and survival. (See my blog entry 7/21/13)



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