• A Virtuous Woman

    A ???vivid, unsentimental, powerful??? portrait of a Southern marriage by the New York Times???bestselling author of Ellen Foster (Publishers Weekly).,She hasn???t been dead four months and I???ve already eaten to the bottom of the deep freeze. I even ate the green peas. Used to I wouldn???t turn my hand over for green peas . . .,Ruby Stokes has died too young and left her husband, Blinking Jack, behind. With alternating entries from each of them, A Virtuous Woman recounts the tale of their years together in an ???exquisitely realised piece of writing??? (Elizabeth Buchan, The Mail on Sunday).,From their very different backgrounds???Ruby a daughter of wealth, Jack a penniless tenant farmer???to their relationships with their landlord and his family, and the strength they drew from each other in the face of hardship, this story of a marriage is ???full of fantastically gritty metaphors . . . A book that will change your dreams??? (The Observer).,???Gibbons again flawlessly reproduces the humor and idiom of rural eastern North Carolina.??? ???Library Journal

  • Ellen Foster

    “When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy.” So begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kay Gibbons’s first novel, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Institute of Arts and Letters. Wise, funny, affectionate, and true, Ellen Foster is, as Walker Percy called it, “The real thing. Which is to say, a lovely, sometimes heartwrenching novel. . . . [Ellen Foster] is as much a part of the backwoods South as a Faulkner character???and a good deal more endearing.”