From the Publisher
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.