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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???
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 days ago by BusyReading
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 5 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 6 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 8 months ago by Vee C.
Great book. Well written - I love the time period of this novel. Oprah and her staff know how to pick 'em!Published 9 months ago by Carol Theodoru
Sad and short story, maybe reading late at night made trying to get the characters straight difficult. But just as I was getting into the story it was over.Published 9 months ago by Denise
So sad that the characters did not know who God really was. It was strange that the book began with a Bible passage from Proverbs about the virtuous woman but from there on... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rosie
This is a well-presented story
of a man coping with the death of his spouse. Alternating her life story with his is a good idea.