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A Virtuous Woman

(1989)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Oprah's Book Club Best Book (nominee)
Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1997: Gibbons's novel, A Virtuous Woman, takes place in the same hardscrabble part of the world as Ellen Foster. The virtuous woman is Ruby Pitt Woodrow, a woman who might have ended up like Ellen Foster's mother if fate, in the shape of Jack Stokes, hadn't crossed her path. The daughter of prosperous farmers, Ruby runs off with a migrant worker who treats her badly, then abandons her far from home. When she meets Jack, a man 20 years her senior, she's working as a cleaning woman in another prosperous farmer's house. Jack is a man women don't look at even once, let alone twice; Ruby is a woman who needs someone to take care of her. Out of this unlikely union grows a quiet kind of love that is no less powerful for being unstated.

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.

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Hardback Editions

November 1997 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-613-09011-X / 978-0-613-09011-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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January 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Virtuous Woman (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 1-56512-206-2 / 978-1-56512-206-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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April 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-945575-09-2 / 978-0-945575-09-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill
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June 1989 : UK Hardback

Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-224-02650-X / 978-0-224-02650-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

January 1920 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Virtuous Woman (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-375-70306-3 / 978-0-375-70306-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books
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August 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Virtuous Woman (VMC)
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 1-86049-115-4 / 978-1-86049-115-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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May 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Virtuous Woman (Virago Modern Classics)
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-349-10782-3 / 978-0-349-10782-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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August 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Virtuous Woman (Thorndike Press Large Print Paperback Series)
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-8161-5185-7 / 978-0-8161-5185-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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May 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-679-72844-9 / 978-0-679-72844-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

April 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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April 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2000 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-671-77502-2 / 978-0-671-77502-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
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May 2000 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2000 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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1998 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-7887-2597-1 / 978-0-7887-2597-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
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1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-7887-4471-2 / 978-0-7887-4471-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Virtuous Woman
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
ISBN: 0-671-88569-3 / 978-0-671-88569-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
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Kindle Editions

January 1997 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Virtuous Woman (Oprah's Book Club)
Author(s): Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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