The Away Place by Ruth Tiger tells the story of Sarah Richardson, an idealistic doctoral student who becomes an activist for protecting the rights of mentally challenged adults when a deathbed confession by her mother spurs her to start an experimental group home. The five institutionalized adults who move into her community facility bring unforeseen challenges into Sarah’s life. She finds herself drawn to one especially sensitive and gentle man with Down Syndrome, John, who grew up in the institution never knowing his family.
When tragedy strikes Sarah is led to discover secrets about her mother’s past that change her forever. What happened to her mother that will bring Sarah’s past, present, and future to full circle?
Tiger writes with amazing clarity, shifting perspective throughout her narration—the reader sees the experience through both Sarah’s and John’s eyes. Tiger’s brilliant novel is rich with emotion, complex characters, and a dramatic ending that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.
About the Author
Ruth Tiger is a Special Education Program Specialist and has published articles in academic and professional publications. She has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and has been an activist in promoting the needs and rights of disabled individuals since the mid 1970s. Ms. Tiger has a son, daughter and grandson and lives with her best friend and husband of 35 years in Tacoma, Washington. The Away Place is her first book.