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<p><strong>A “vivid, unsentimental, powerful” portrait of a Southern marriage by the <em>New York Times</em>–bestselling author of <em>Ellen Foster</em> (<em>Publishers Weekly</em>).</strong></p> <p><em>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 . . .</em></p> <p>Ruby Stokes has died too young and left her husband, Blinking Jack, behind. With alternating entries from each of them, <em>A Virtuous Woman</em> recounts the tale of their years together in an “exquisitely realised piece of writing” (Elizabeth Buchan, <em>The Mail on Sunday</em>).</p> <p>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” (<em>The Observer</em>).</p> <p>“Gibbons again flawlessly reproduces the humor and idiom of rural eastern North Carolina.” —<em>Library Journal</em></p>

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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

A Virtuous Woman - eBook

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Kaye Gibbons
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9781565127005
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1565127005

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Excellent book where t...
Excellent book where the story is told from both points of view. Ruby's story is of her past. Jack's is both present and past. Sometimes you get the story from both points. Other times, it is only one view. I got into the story and could not put it down. I felt the pain of both Ruby and Jack. I cried I was so into their lives. It was hard to let go. Well done! A keeper.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
After reading Ellen Fo...
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 superb book with another, this one fell flat, was choppy, was boring and I'm very glad I read Ellen Foster first or I would not have continued to read more. Ruby Trip is privileged by southern, small-town farm standards. She has loving parents who dote on her and who can afford food on the table and a roof over their head. Ruby was pampered to the detrimental extent that when unsupervised she makes very poor choices, including running away to marry a near-do-well migrant worker. Jack Stokes is a tenant farmer, poor in worldly goods, rich in a loving spirit and gentleness toward ruby. Rescuing Ruby from poverty when her abusive husband dies, Jack shows Ruby respect, patience and a life of kind understanding. This is the story of Ruby and Jack as they grow to love each other. A story is one of a loving untraditional relationship, with one chapter told by Ruby and another by Jack. Unlike [Ellen Foster], the ending of [a Virtuous Woman] is confusing and it feels as though it was hurriedly thrown together.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Excellent book where t...
Excellent book where the story is told from both points of view. Ruby's story is of her past. Jack's is both present and past. Sometimes you get the story from both points. Other times, it is only one view. I got into the story and could not put it down. I felt the pain of both Ruby and Jack. I cried I was so into their lives. It was hard to let go. Well done! A keeper.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
After reading Ellen Fo...
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 superb book with another, this one fell flat, was choppy, was boring and I'm very glad I read Ellen Foster first or I would not have continued to read more. Ruby Trip is privileged by southern, small-town farm standards. She has loving parents who dote on her and who can afford food on the table and a roof over their head. Ruby was pampered to the detrimental extent that when unsupervised she makes very poor choices, including running away to marry a near-do-well migrant worker. Jack Stokes is a tenant farmer, poor in worldly goods, rich in a loving spirit and gentleness toward ruby. Rescuing Ruby from poverty when her abusive husband dies, Jack shows Ruby respect, patience and a life of kind understanding. This is the story of Ruby and Jack as they grow to love each other. A story is one of a loving untraditional relationship, with one chapter told by Ruby and another by Jack. Unlike [Ellen Foster], the ending of [a Virtuous Woman] is confusing and it feels as though it was hurriedly thrown together.
Excellent book where the story is told from both points of view. Ruby's story is of her past. Jack's is both present and past. Sometimes you get the story from both points. Other times, it is only one view. I got into the story and could not put it down. I felt the pain of both Ruby and Jack. I cried I was so into their lives. It was hard to let go. Well done! A keeper.
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 superb book with another, this one fell flat, was choppy, was boring and I'm very glad I read Ellen Foster first or I would not have continued to read more. Ruby Trip is privileged by southern, small-town farm standards. She has loving parents who dote on her and who can afford food on the table and a roof over their head. Ruby was pampered to the detrimental extent that when unsupervised she makes very poor choices, including running away to marry a near-do-well migrant worker. Jack Stokes is a tenant farmer, poor in worldly goods, rich in a loving spirit and gentleness toward ruby. Rescuing Ruby from poverty when her abusive husband dies, Jack shows Ruby respect, patience and a life of kind understanding. This is the story of Ruby and Jack as they grow to love each other. A story is one of a loving untraditional relationship, with one chapter told by Ruby and another by Jack. Unlike [Ellen Foster], the ending of [a Virtuous Woman] is confusing and it feels as though it was hurriedly thrown together.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Excellent book where t...

Excellent book where the story is told from both points of view. Ruby's story is of her past. Jack's is both present and past. Sometimes you get the story from both points. Other times, it is only one view. I got into the story and could not put it down. I felt the pain of both Ruby and Jack. I cried I was so into their lives. It was hard to let go. Well done! A keeper.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This book was hard to ...

This book was hard to get into at first, but I found it to be much easier to read than Ellen Foster. It is a story of untraditional but true love. It makes you realize that although your marriage may not seem like a fairy tale at all times, in hindsight it may be all that and more. The story of a couple who found each other in need of love and kindness at the same time in their lives, despite a large age difference and contrasting pasts. Sad, you will cry at the end, but definitely worth reading...especially if you want to be reminded to be thankful for the small things in life.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This book was a total ...

This book was a total universe offering, in a "FREE BOOKS" box at work that also brought me The Kite Runner and several others that I haven't read yet. I opened it during SSR at school because it looked thin and easy to half-concentrate on while keeping an eye on students and (pretending that I am) marking participation points while modeling reading. I was drawn into the voices and the non-traditional chronology. The story itself was supremely quiet--to the point of being dull, honestly--but there was some nice emotion in the spare prose that alternated between the voices of Blinking Jack and his dead wife Ruby. But the ending was just plain odd; suddenly there were all these italics, all these minor characters suddenly spewing their thoughts all over...this scene that was supposed to feel tragic and climactic and in the end just...didn't work for me. Until then, I was willing to hang out with these understated characters, just listening to their little story in plain, simple words and cozy dialogue, with a little humor thrown in, but the emotion of that last scene just didn't resonate for me. I will pass this one on to Mom without asking her to give it back.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Kaye Gibbons did a gre...

Kaye Gibbons did a great job of giving voice to her characters. The book opens with Jack, speaking directly to the reader, explaining that his wife died four months ago. He's found himself finished eating the food, Ruby, his wife, cooked and froze for him before she died. This simple explanation, opens wide, the reader's understanding of just how tightly intertwined these two souls had been. The book continues in a series of flashbacks. Ruby, before her death, narrates the chapters of her life and Jack filling in the missing pieces. A touching, but not sappy story of a pure and true love.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

This book was a total ...

This book was a total universe offering, in a "FREE BOOKS" box at work that also brought me The Kite Runner and several others that I haven't read yet. I opened it during SSR at school because it looked thin and easy to half-concentrate on while keeping an eye on students and (pretending that I am) marking participation points while modeling reading. I was drawn into the voices and the non-traditional chronology. The story itself was supremely quiet--to the point of being dull, honestly--but there was some nice emotion in the spare prose that alternated between the voices of Blinking Jack and his dead wife Ruby. But the ending was just plain odd; suddenly there were all these italics, all these minor characters suddenly spewing their thoughts all over...this scene that was supposed to feel tragic and climactic and in the end just...didn't work for me. Until then, I was willing to hang out with these understated characters, just listening to their little story in plain, simple words and cozy dialogue, with a little humor thrown in, but the emotion of that last scene just didn't resonate for me. I will pass this one on to Mom without asking her to give it back.


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