The story opens with the massacre of a group of women living in a place called the Convent.
It spans more than eighty years, beginning with the founding of Haven, Oklahoma, by a group of former slaves the Old Fathers led by Zechariah Morgan, after they are turned away by lighter citizens of an all-black town ironically named Fairly because their skins are too dark.
This bitter event, known as the Disallowing, is reenacted each Christmas season in Haven, which thrives until the hard years of the Depression and Dust Bowl.
Her twin brothers Steward and Deacon Morgan are bankers and respected civic leaders in the new community. Ruby remains largely isolated from the rest of the world, and its inhabitants prefer it that way.
Tradition- bound town fathers are willing to sacrifice in order to continue their pure line. Originally built as a pleasure palace, complete with pornographic plumbing, by an embezzler who was arrested at his first wild party, it was then purchased by Catholic nuns as a boarding school for Arapaho girls.
Years later, after both students and nuns have gone, the Convent becomes an informal refuge for five lost women who live there more or less permanently, scandalizing Ruby, until local vigilantes set out after them.
The novel begins with this attack. The senior woman of the Convent is Consolata Sosa, rescued at nine from the streets of Brazil by a nun and brought to the school as her ward.
Connie becomes a willing cook and servant to the nuns.
She discovers and tends the famous purplish-black hot peppers that grow only on Convent grounds, and soon she begins to sell produce and baked goods from the Convent kitchen. Shortly after the founding of Ruby, she encounters Deacon Morgan, and they quickly become lovers even though he is married.
Their affair is passionate and brief, for his brother Steward is suspicious, and Deacon dare not sacrifice his standing in this strict community. InMavis Albright joins her when her car breaks down near the Convent.
She is fleeing a brutal husband and the death of her infant twins, accidentally smothered in a hot, closed car.
Mavis is a classic victim of abuse, isolated, wearing sunglasses to hide her bruises, believing herself inferior and forever wrong.
Her own mother has betrayed her, but somehow Connie is able to put her at ease. Soon the rebel Gigi follows, fresh from a riot in Oakland where her boyfriend has been jailed.
Her father is in prison, her mother unreachable. Gigi seeks social justice and has a penchant for going naked, but she comes to Ruby in search of food and love, specifically, rhubarb pie and two fabled trees that intertwine like lovers.
She finds the pie. Sweet Seneca, the peacemaker, also finds a home at the Convent.The Great Indian Middle Class, Pavan K.
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