By Kaye Gibbons
While Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she used to be twenty and he used to be 40. She was once the rigorously raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he used to be a thin tenant farmer who had by no means owned whatever in his existence. She was once newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had by no means requested a lady to do greater than support him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love lots as they only came across one another and hung on for expensive life.
Kaye Gibbons's first novel, Ellen Foster, gained the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the yank Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the compliment of writers from Walker Percy to Eudora Welty. In A Virtuous Woman, Gibbons transcends her early promise, making a multilayered and indelibly convincing portrait of 2 possible ill-matched those who one way or the other miraculously make a wedding.
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Me one and I'd answer back. it See, that's a time being skinny and not good-looking will do you some good. If I'd might've triggered her to act somebody But me been like a real woman real smooth, twirling the hair being like I was, am, let me me smooth around will and what-not. get a foot in the she knew door. So she mean her harm, not out there in the yard, not ever. just talked to thought talking to her, woman of I I like it thought. This is I didn't I the kind of could get along with. Ruby, you're my kind woman!
A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons