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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442343306
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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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/29/2014

    " Lovely writing. Almost as good as Ellen Foster. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn | 1/28/2014

    " I should have been wary of this book since Oprah picked it for her book club, and I rarely appreciate her picks. But I had liked Charms for the Easy Life by this same author. I think my problem this time was simply my expectations. It's not a bad book, but not what I hoped for after reading the back cover. I expected a good love story. The main characters did love each other, but the book was mostly descriptions of all the unpleasant things that happened in their lives, culminating with him trying to cope with her death. I don't enjoy gritty/sordid reality books. I read for escape, inspiration, education, beauty, entertainment, etc. So this book was a wrong turn for me. At least it was short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting love story about a pretty 2o year old widow who marries a tall, skinny, unhandsome farm worker. Their strange relationship grows into a deep love and the story is told from her view as the woman is dying from cancer and from the mans point of view after she is gone. Sad yet beautiful and so touching and real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sissy | 1/15/2014

    " Spare and simple, this is a beautiful story of a marriage in a small, rural community. I picked it up at a library sale and am baffled as to why this was an Oprah book. Its so personal and tight - I can't imagine someone who isn't from the south appreciating it in the same way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becki | 1/11/2014

    " an easy, quick read. i liked it quite a bit for a shorter story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MJ | 12/17/2013

    " This is a short, easy read. Written in double narrative which I liked. A bit thin with an weak ending, but all in all, worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 11/17/2013

    " There was such an effort to make this a deep-south, circa 1940s, sound, that the story line suffered tremendously. I am hesitant to give such a low score...but it was really hard to get through this short novel. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla | 11/1/2013

    " needed more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 10/10/2013

    " I liked this book but it was a hard read for me. I just couldn't get into it 100% "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 9/28/2013

    " I love character development, and this book has it in spades. I loved how the author used the two main characters as narrators and put subtle clues to the story in their musings. The writing style is a Hemingway-Steinbeck blend; I haven't read such a well-written love story since Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Whipple | 9/27/2013

    " I really enjoy the way she writes and how much you feel like you know the people in the book. Easy reading and creates visual images in your mind. Would love to have known some of the people in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angelique fernandez | 9/17/2013

    " It bored me to death, obviously I didn't finish reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 6/7/2013

    " Slow, but in the end a moving story. Interesting in the perspectives it was told in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jessica soon to be dycus | 1/18/2013

    " was forced to read ellen foster in high school. i liked the style of the book a lot so i read this one. It is great. If you do not like kaye gibbons style you probably won't like the book. i loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 10/27/2012

    " a very quick read. Made me cry. A different love story in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bevstar | 9/30/2012

    " I fell in love with each and every character in this book, and adored the simple yet profound story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice | 6/14/2012

    " It's hard not to like a book about a man who loves his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/16/2012

    " Straight forward and lovely story. I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 3/14/2012

    " I think it was supposed to be a love story, but I didn't get it. I wouldn't recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Dykhouse | 2/26/2012

    " Very well written book about 2 people from opposite worlds who made a marriage work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 10/18/2011

    " Blinking Jack Stokes & Ruby Pitt Woodrow found each other & hung on for dear life. A great story of compassion, love & understanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/6/2011

    " This was hard for me to get into at first. I ended up enjoying it and even getting a little teary eyed at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anjiebringhurst | 9/27/2011

    " Ruby Pitt Woodrow comes from a rich family; falls in love with Jack (after she becomes widowed) who is poor; the story is about their life and loving each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/18/2011

    " I enjoyed the content of the story that WAS there, I just felt that the entire book could have been elaborated on further. I would have enjoyed more explaination. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luckyclarkie | 5/14/2011

    " I think that the author had good intentions of an awesome story line when writing this book, however, did not follow through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 5/13/2011

    " The first part of the book was good (like the first 2 chapters)but then it got really boring. It was too descriptive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/3/2011

    " I enjoyed the content of the story that WAS there, I just felt that the entire book could have been elaborated on further. I would have enjoyed more explaination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 4/26/2011

    " I wanted to give this a 4, but it was a 3.5 for me. Beautifully crafted and one of her most original, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariana | 2/4/2011

    " It was a quick read. A very sweet book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lunaticprophet | 1/11/2011

    " ***+ Beautiful story of a man and wife and their life together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/6/2011

    " A beautiful story,rich in character. Two opposites who attract and live the simple life, daily devotion and love despite poverty and obstacles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/2/2011

    " Blinking Jack Stokes & Ruby Pitt Woodrow found each other & hung on for dear life. A great story of compassion, love & understanding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/29/2010

    " The characters were a bit cynical. The book somehow left me feeling a bit sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smoesinger | 12/26/2010

    " An Oprah book club pick which was predictably depressing and morose. However, it was well written and had some profound life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/19/2010

    " This was way different than I thought it would be. I am still trying to figure out how the title fits? It isn't as obvious to me as I'd like it to be. I'll be honest and say that I read it because it was an Oprah book club book years ago and I liked the title. It was interesting. "

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About the Author

Kaye Gibbons was born in Nash County, North Carolina, and attended North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her 1987 debut, Ellen Foster, received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Two of her books, Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman, were selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 1998. She is currently a writer-in-residence at the library of North Carolina State University and lives in Raleigh with her husband and three daughters. 

About the Narrators

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.