Vintage Contemporaries Ser.: A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons (1997, Paperback)
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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 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. InA 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.|
|Number Of Pages||176 pages|
|Series||Vintage Contemporaries Ser.|
|Publisher||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|"Kaye Gibbons shows us the secret core of a love that easily outlasts death. It's invisible masterybut mastery all the same." Reynolds Price "So true and so vital I would swear that there were moments whenA Virtuous Womanactually vibrated in my hands." Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Complex, compact . . . onen thinks of a Lillian Hellman play. . . . The architecture of this novel is remarkable." Padgett Powell,The New York Times Book Review|
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- oceans_111213Nov 3, 2010by
A Virtuous Woman-A Must Read!!
This book is beautiful. I didn't get much sleep while I read this book, I was up all night!! It is heartfelt and powerful. You fall in love with the couple and feel their pain and their happiness. You will not be disappointed.
- sewretromomAug 30, 2006by
A Virtuous Woman: Role Model for the New Century Woman
A Virtuous Woman was my first Kaye Gibbons book. I've read several now. Her books contain adults portraying real people living real life through real-life joys and hardships. More books like this are needed for encouraging women and men in this day of disposable babies and spouses. Every life is a struggle and Ruby's is no exception. Ruby and Jack eschew polite society and live for each other through thick and thin. The reason Ruby is the "virtuous woman" is because she is an example of true, bold tolerance, which cannot exist with unforgiveness and arrogance. The beauty of Gibbons' writing is that she is a very skilled story teller. Also, she doesn't make judgements about any of her books' characters, even the bad ones. She tells it like it is and sticks to the story, never sexually exploiting the reader for "entertainment". Kaye writes for the discriminating reader who can relate to the characters in their own ways. If you appreciate a good read that won't insult your intelligence, but will instead enrich your brain and your heart, stock up on Gibbons! She leaves you wanting more because she IS a truely gifted a writer.Read full review
- kgsahmJun 6, 2006by
I bought this because it is an Oprah book club book. I thought it was good but not fabulous. Did keep me interested though and I finished it quickly.