The Librarian’s Cellar: I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

Ruth Fitzmaurice is a seriously good writer. I did not put this book down, not once, until I had finished it. It is an honest, beautifully expressed account of her experience raising five children and sharing her life with her beloved husband, filmmaker, Simon Fitzmaurice, the director of IFTA-nominated My Name is Emily, and shorts The Sound of People, Tilly and the Teeth and Full Circle.

Focusing on the effects of Simon’s Motor Neuron Disease and on the impact of it on their lives, I Found My Tribe is breathtaking in its honesty as Ruth shares her joys, her sorrows, her despair and her very human reactions to the adversities that have invaded the lives of not just herself, but of her family and friends also. The book is written from a deeply loving place, and in such accomplished prose, and is ultimately uplifting as Ruth determines the importance of love, friendship and the joy that she has found in her community. Her tribe. The book has a cinematic feel to it, so no surprise also that it has been optioned by Element Pictures. Publishing details for I FOUND MY TRIBE HERE

 

Caroline E Farrell is the writer and producer of films, In Ribbons and Adam, and is the author of the novel, LADY BETH.