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A VIRTUOUS WOMAN.

Gibbons, Kaye.

ISBN 10: 022402650X / ISBN 13: 9780224026505
Published by CHAPEL HILL: ALGONQUIN BOOKS. 1989, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: A VIRTUOUS WOMAN.

Publisher: CHAPEL HILL: ALGONQUIN BOOKS. 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Ruby Pitt rejects the quiet life planned for her by her adoring family and runs off with John Woodrow, a migrant worker who turns out to be a cruel and violently abusive liar. When he dies in a street brawl, Ruby takes up with Blinking Jack Stokes, a quiet, uneducated, but highly capable tenant twenty years her senior. He is surprised as anyone when she agrees to marry him. Kaye Gibbons conjures up a vivid portrait of an unlikely, but successful marriage set against a land that connects past troubles and present loss with future hopes.

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1997: Gibbons's novel, A Virtuous Woman, takes place in the same hardscrabble part of the world as Ellen Foster. The virtuous woman is Ruby Pitt Woodrow, a woman who might have ended up like Ellen Foster's mother if fate, in the shape of Jack Stokes, hadn't crossed her path. The daughter of prosperous farmers, Ruby runs off with a migrant worker who treats her badly, then abandons her far from home. When she meets Jack, a man 20 years her senior, she's working as a cleaning woman in another prosperous farmer's house. Jack is a man women don't look at even once, let alone twice; Ruby is a woman who needs someone to take care of her. Out of this unlikely union grows a quiet kind of love that is no less powerful for being unstated.

Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman share more than just location and a few characters in common. Though each is a complete novel in and of itself, taken together the two books resonate one another: Ellen Foster and Ruby Pitt Woodrow are both damaged people who find the kind of love they need to heal. These multilayered novels are tough-minded and resolutely unsentimental, just like their protagonists. Yet like Ellen and Ruby, each contains a nut of sweetness at its core that takes the bitter edge off the hard lives and hard stories Kaye Gibbons has to tell.

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