A Virtuous Woman: A Novel by Kaye Gibbons

A Virtuous Woman: A Novel

byKaye Gibbons

Kobo ebook | January 12, 1997

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A “vivid, unsentimental, powerful” portrait of a Southern marriage by the New York Times–bestselling author of Ellen Foster (Publishers Weekly).
 
“She hasn’t been dead four months and I’ve already eaten to the bottom of the deep freeze. I even ate the green peas. Used to I wouldn’t turn my hand over for green peas . . .”
 
Ruby Stokes has died too young and left her husband, Blinking Jack, behind. With alternating entries from each of them, A Virtuous Woman recounts the tale of their years together in an “exquisitely realised piece of writing” (Elizabeth Buchan, The Mail on Sunday).
 
From their very different backgrounds—Ruby a daughter of wealth, Jack a penniless tenant farmer—to their relationships with their landlord and his family, and the strength they drew from each other in the face of hardship, this story of a marriage is “full of fantastically gritty metaphors . . . A book that will change your dreams” (The Observer).
 
“Gibbons again flawlessly reproduces the humor and idiom of rural eastern North Carolina.” —Library Journal
 

Title:A Virtuous Woman: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 12, 1997Publisher:Workman PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1565127005

ISBN - 13:9781565127005

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This is the story of Ruby who leaves the protective life of her "well-to-do" family to strike out on her own. She essentially finds someone to "take care of her"; however, in that she strikes a delicate balance enabling her to live and die as she chooses.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Virtuous Woman Kind of boring but not terrible. Really quick to read.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Virtuous Woman A wonderful love story, told from the perspective of both characters, Jack and Ruby. It is a great way to tell the story! I don't usually enjoy love stories but definitely enjoyed this one, as the characters are easy to identify with, the story is amusing and always entertaining, and it isn't too long. Worth your while to pick up!
Date published: 1999-03-01