A Virtuous Woman

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 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.

Title:A Virtuous Woman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780375703065
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    A Virtuous Woman Reviews

  • Ines

    3,5* well deserved...the story is very simple, the love between a husband and his wife told until the tragic epilogue with the death of the woman for cancer. A tale with no particolar plot.... made of...

  • Dawn

    I should have been wary of this book since Oprah picked it for her book club, and I rarely appreciate her picks. But I had liked Charms for the Easy Life by this same author. I think my problem this t...

  • Michelle

    Have you ever read a book and felt so distant from it shocked you when you realized you were actually in tears? This novel, such a quick read that a devoted reader will finish it in one sitting, seems...

  • Drebbles

    Beautifully written, A Virtuous Women, is the quiet love story of Ruby Pitt Woodrow, daughter of a rich farmer, and Jack Stokes, a tenant farmer. At first they seem an unlikely match, Ruby, although 2...

  • Kara

    One of the reviews on this book was from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. Their review states, "So true and so vital I would swear there were moments when A VIRTUOUS WOMAN actually vibrated...

  • Celia

    The setting is Carolina in what seems to be the 1940's. These people are poor and their language shows their poor education.Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow when he was 40 and she was 20. Wh...

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS I enjoy Gibbons writing style and find that her stories are quite emotional. While this novel is quite short, the story is a powerful punch. I enjoyed this novel and am ready for more ...

  • Linda Lipko

    After reading Ellen Foster, I thought I simply had to read more by this author. I made a special trip to the library to obtain another.I was disappointed. While I realize it is difficult to follow one...

  • Mari

    I read this book in 1997 and wrote a letter to the Oprah Book Club hoping to be invited to be on the show to have dinner with the author. I'm serious. I thought I could get chosen.I was at my monthly ...

  • Tara

    I loved this simple, oft-told story of two down-and-out people who find each under and get pleasure in the duty of caring for one another. The story and setting are not unique, but the voice of both c...