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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.
I did not connect with the characters and when it it all said and done felt like who cares???
Ms. Gibbons crafts such complex characters, who all have very distinct voices, and paints an entire relationship so beautifully.
It's just plain old fashioned love and tenderness between two good human beings and the struggles they endure.
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.
Please get a copy read this book as someone who reads extensively I can honestly say this book stands out.Published 5 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 17 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 19 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 20 months ago by bgbsum06