A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons

By Kaye Gibbons

While Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was once twenty and he was once 40. She was once the conscientiously raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was once a thin tenant farmer who had by no means owned something in his lifestyles. She used to be newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had by no means requested a lady to do greater than aid him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love loads as they just stumbled on 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 yankee 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 likely ill-matched those that someway miraculously make a wedding.

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And then I and in, and round the chim- see buzzards flying round ney, waiting to them married left of living finished with see me, the biggest buzzard of them circhng too, circHng Ruby, waiting. all, I up lined into think about for me, it all and think how and that grief it's odd how it miser}' lining all up something so good. There her husband was about dead, then dead, and there than willing to hop I and have her in his spot own. Ever\^body encouraged me. " Ever}^body, Burr, everybody at the store, they how for away out from under to let that girl slip you, not with you a good more was, ready, willing, I all said might could have her.

No, country- girl we were married said just because I wasn't a bitch. I who'd married I me or with was just a man and this me good bitten off way, way more than she could chew. " I thought about day, beUeve you me. think about except Sometimes it a that how my body call someone to hundred times a was hurt. all I had to What would I have said? "Daddy, did you ever hear of Tobacco Road? Well, the situation I'm in is alot like that, only we're moving from place to place and I'm never sure w^here I am.

Now head is, it didn't kill I just have to shake my her, that taking that wide turn off that easy road. He's the one that showed her how 18 to smoke. damn one together and I I see that wished I'd been the I've him. Lord God, to kill then Sometimes his soul. W< UixiiiOUA (ji think of I little shack he had her swoop down and take what'd be them when the way they were them. And then I and in, and round the chim- see buzzards flying round ney, waiting to them married left of living finished with see me, the biggest buzzard of them circhng too, circHng Ruby, waiting.

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