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A Virtuous Woman - Kaye Gibbons
A Virtuous Woman
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When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had... show more
When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.Kaye Gibbons's first novel, Ellen Foster, won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the praise of writers from Walker Percy to Eudora Welty. In A Virtuous Woman, Gibbons transcends her early promise, creating a multilayered and indelibly convincing portrait of two seemingly ill-matched people who somehow miraculously make a marriage.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375703065 (0375703063)
ASIN: 375703063
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 165
Edition language: English
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
5.0 A VIRTUOUS WOMAN by Kate Gibbons
Excellent book where the story is told from both points of view. Ruby's story is of her past. Jack's is both present and past. Sometimes you get the story from both points. Other times, it is only one view. I got into the story and could not put it down. I felt the pain of both Ruby and Jack. I crie...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
Daydreaming, loving the wrong man, smoking, all habits hard to break. ~~~ A Virtuous Woman When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anyth...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
I thought this was a really honest portrayal of marriage, warts and all. This is a couple that loves each other deeply but fully admits the faults, peeves, and general problems they have to work through each day. The husband's grief over his wife towards the end of the book really got to me. I'd hat...
Tomes and Tea Leaves
Tomes and Tea Leaves rated it
4.0
Gibbons's novel, a novella, really, is the story of a southern woman's relationships and the profound effect she has on those close to her. Born to a privileged family, Ruby Pitt enters first a disastrous, then a profoundly loving marriage. Though these relationships move her squarely into the worki...
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