By Kaye Gibbons
While Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was once twenty and he used to be 40. She was once the conscientiously 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 used to be newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had by no means requested a girl to do greater than support him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love rather a lot as they just came across one another and hung on for pricey life.
Kaye Gibbons's first novel, Ellen Foster, received 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 probably ill-matched those who someway miraculously make a wedding.
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