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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.
Certainly not terrible, but I am at a loss why Oprah picked this for her book club.
Ms. Gibbons crafts such complex characters, who all have very distinct voices, and paints an entire relationship so beautifully.
This is a great little story about simple love (not lust or passion) and the sweet dignity of grief.
Please get a copy read this book as someone who reads extensively I can honestly say this book stands out.Published 2 months ago by Patricia T. Greaves
I loved the writing and there were so many passages that I wanted to highlight. I wish the ending had stuck with Stokes' point of view; I was so invested in the story and in the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Heather
If you love the voice of Kaye Gibbons, you will love this book - scant on description and details, but overflowing with emotion and sentiment. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stacy Allbritton
There was not a single virtuous person in this book from what I read. Jack was the closest to it and he isn't a woman. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bgbsum06
I really enjoyed this book, I only wish it was longer! It evoked a lot of feelings in me. Loved the characters.Published on September 28, 2011 by AK1975
Jack and Ruby love each other, although it is an odd match. Although poor, they are noble in their way. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by NC writer
I really loved this book. I picked it up because the title intrigued me and it seemed like a short easy read, which it was. I found myself surprised by the richness of it all. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Emma
This short, bittersweet love story is a welcome change from the ponderous novels about impoverished and victimized women that I've been reading lately. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Patti
When I began reading this I really didnt know where the author was going with the story. But it didnt take me long to figure it out. Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by Taquoya L. Ruffin