A Virtuous Woman

A Virtuous Woman

A Novel

eBook - 1990
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Workman Press.
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
 


Baker & Taylor
A young widower looks back on his memories of his wife and their life together

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990
ISBN: 9781565127005
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Anita_Dickey
Oct 31, 2018

i read this book to fulfil the goal read a celeberity book club pick. Who else but oprah right. it was ok, not great. it reminded me quite a bit of Steinbecks works. a cross between east of eden and grapes of wrath. this is the second oprah book i've read (the first being a mercy by toni morrison) i'm starting to feel you can tell a lot about a person by the sort of books they recommend. i'm beginning to think maybe i don't share oprah's ideals. i wonder what my picks say about me.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

Kaye Gibbons' was first introduced to me more than 30 years ago when I purchased 'Ellen Foster' as a cassette audio for a road trip.

Then, as now, I am drawn to the characters and respect Gibbons' writing style.
If you enjoy accents, 'A Virtuous Woman' delivers!

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB May 08, 2017

I read Ellen Foster in the late 90's and remember loving it. I am a fan of simple stories with plump characters and this fit the bill perfectly. Definitely a quick read and perfect for a noisy airplane.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Oprah's book club.

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Anita_Dickey
Oct 30, 2018

"....always treated me like i didn't have enough sense to pour piss out of a boot with the instructions on the heel."

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