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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Tom Stechschulte, Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

In A Virtuous Woman, Kaye Gibbons transcends her early promise, creating a multilayered and indelibly convincing portrait of two seemingly ill-matched people who somehow miraculously make a marriage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compact, complex…a somewhat stripped-down descendant of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying…One thinks of a Lillian Hellman play…The architecture of this novel is remarkable.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] strong, tightly knit love story…beautifully crafted.” 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A small masterpiece…Explores the depth and breadth of love with compassion and without sentimentality. We are left both stunned and wiser.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Readers who harbor hope for American fiction will have delighted in Ellen Foster and can now rejoice in Kaye Gibbons’ second novel. This is…an ode to joy.” 

    Washington Times

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 2/17/2014

    " First of all, let me point out that this was a selection from Oprah's Book Club. I think Oprah is a wonderful person and I think some of the books from her club list are very good. This one however, was no "To Kill a Mockingbird" (whether that particular title was ever on her list or not) even though the author used a similar technique of writing to mimick the dialect of people with very little education who live in one of the southern states. There were one or two lines that were amusing but rather crass and not worth the trouble to locate the pages and re-key here. It just wasn't my cup of tea. Fortunately, it was a fast read, I'm done with it and the book can now be donated and I'll move on to another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tamara | 2/15/2014

    " This gets three stars for a unique voice and unique characters, but in my opinion, that's all it's got going for it. I enjoyed Ellen Foster much more than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen Giauque | 2/14/2014

    " This is a short book with a nice story - well written - and, in the audio version I listened to, well read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca Jessup | 2/10/2014

    " I finished this little novel in a day. The two main characters are genuine and likable, and their story is moving. It isn't a story of great depth, but well executed. The story is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of the husband and the wife, and the voices are very distinct, easily recognized, well drawn. The people and the story ring true, for the most part -- with the possible exception that the wife should have received some money from her parents' estate when they died, even if she and her hsuband decided not to take any part of their land, which seemed kind of implausible. "

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