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Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman share more than just location and a few characters in common. Though each is a complete novel in and of itself, taken together the two books resonate one another: Ellen Foster and Ruby Pitt Woodrow are both damaged people who find the kind of love they need to heal. These multilayered novels are tough-minded and resolutely unsentimental, just like their protagonists. Yet like Ellen and Ruby, each contains a nut of sweetness at its core that takes the bitter edge off the hard lives and hard stories Kaye Gibbons has to tell.
This novel is a beautiful and breathtaking masterpiece.
The book is written in first person narration with both Jack and Ruby narrating alternate chapters (except the last chapter which is written in the third person).
I did not connect with the characters and when it it all said and done felt like who cares???
Strangest book I ever read. There was no real story line. I didn't care for the format in which it was written. Read morePublished 3 days ago by K. L. R.
Love the point of view of both characters. Was sometimes confusing to keep up at the end. Loved the storyPublished 1 month ago by meika
It was very slow and I don't know what the author was trying to convey. I don't know what the point was. And why that title?Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A Virtuous Woman is sort of a story told backwards. It starts with a widower, Jack, talking about how he's trying to manage on his own without his wife, Ruby, there to do all her... Read morePublished 4 months ago by EpicFehlReader
On the surface this is a simple story about the lives of plain people but underneath it tells of the deep love between two people. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Whitgrove
Purchased on my Kindle Fire. It was a quick read and enjoyable. Thought maybe it was an abbreviated version since it was so quick to read.Published 10 months ago by cylk
While I found the voices of the narrators endearing, others may find that the book moves too slow and falls short of reaching “page turner” status. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vee C.