A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons

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A Virtuous Woman
165 pages; Vintage Books

Drawing upon the same "honesty of thought and eye and feeling" that Eudora Welty praised in Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons has written a tale of a woman who shocks her well-to-do family by running off with a migrant worker who abuses her; after he is killed in a brawl, she meets Jack, a quiet, uneducated, but highly capable tenant farmer.