A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons audiobook

A Virtuous Woman

By Kaye Gibbons
Read by Kaye Gibbons and Terry Beaver

Simon & Schuster Audio
3.03 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780743547734

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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Summary

Summary

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection, October 1997

A USA Today bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Complex, compact...The architecture of this novel is remarkable.” New York Times Book Review
“Kaye Gibbons shows us the secret core of a love that easily outlasts death. It’s invisible mastery—but mastery all the same.”  Reynolds Price, New York Times bestselling author of A Long and Happy Life
“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
“Gibbons writes forcefully and persuasively...A Virtuous Woman should do much to secure her reputation as an exceptionally gifted young writer.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Heads and shoulders above much of what passes as ‘fine literature’ today.” Boston Herald
“Enriches the possibility of literary prose...Kaye Gibbons’ work [is a] gift.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“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 haunting duet about love, compassion, and understanding. An eloquent and satisfying novel.” Cincinnati Post
“A vivid, unsentimental, powerful novel.” Publishers Weekly
“Gibbons develops distinct voices for [her characters], and their reminiscences paint vibrant portraits of themselves and others. The story will prod readers to think about the nature of friendship and love.”  School Library Journal

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Author Bio: Kaye Gibbons

Author Bio: Kaye Gibbons

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. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 3.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English