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The story of a relationship between a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life.
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The story of a relationship between a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life.
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The narrative structure of this novel, in which the two main characters alternately narrate chapter by chapter, allows the reader to experience the joys and struggles of an unlikely marriage. Jack and Ruby, whose backgrounds could not be more different, find solace with each other. Through their vivid voices the stories of their pasts unfold. Read by Kaye Gibbons and Terry Beaver.
Padgett Powell
"Complex, compact...one thinks of a Lillian Hellman play...The architecture of this novel is remarkable." --Padgitt Powell, The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jack Stokes and Ruby Pitt weave this strong, tightly knit love story in alternating chapters that begin when Jack, grieving over Ruby's death four months earlier, evokes the past. In flashbacks, the two richly cadenced Southern voices explore their vastly differing backgrounds, troubled histories and their unlikely but loving marriage. Born into a proud, prominent country family, coddled and adored, Ruby stuns her parents and two brothers by inexplicably running off with John Woodrow, a migrant worker who savagely abuses her. When John is killed in a brawl, Ruby, too proud to ask her family for help, begins doing housework for the wealthy Hoover family, where she meets Jack, a laconic, immensely capable tenant farmer on the Hoover land. He is 40; she is 20. Both lonely and vulnerable, they regard each other cautiously, carry on a wary courtship and embark on a firmly grounded marriage. The union is enriched by a small, supportive circle of friends, who, like the couple's landlord, Burr, are sharply etched and convincingly drawn. Gibbons, author of the critically praised Ellen Foster , has written a vivid, unsentimental, powerful novel. Literary Guild and Double day Book Club alternates. (Apr . )
Library Journal
Alternating chapters narrated by Ruby Stokes (who is dying of cancer at 45) with those told by her husband, Blinking Jack, after her death, Gibbons creates a scrapbook of their quarter century together as tenant farmers. Too old and tough to be endearing like the protagonist of Ellen Foster ( LJ 4/15/87), the Stokeses are no less honest and vivid as they consider the value of a good mate or good soil. Gibbons again flawlessly reproduces the humor and idiom of rural eastern North Carolina in Ruby's proper country dialect and Jack's peculiarly awful grammar. Recommended for public libraries and collections of regional fiction.-- Maurice Taylor, Brunswick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.
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YA-- In alternating chapters, Ruby and Jack Stokes tell of their adult lives: her elopement and hellish life with an abusive migrant farmer, Ruby and Jack's meeting and subsequently happy marriage, and their relationships with Jack's landlord and friend, Burr; his self-centered wife and son; and June, his lovely daughter, whom the Stokes love dearly. Gibbons develops distinct voices for Ruby and Jack, and their reminiscences paint vibrant portraits of themselves and others. The story will prod readers to think about the nature of friendship and love.-- Alice Conlon, University of Houston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671885694
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 cassettes, 3 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.57 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Only Book I Ever Read Twice

    This true-to-life book captivated me from the first page. I savored it so much that I read it again, years later. Kaye has a wonderful gift. She can express everyday woes, idiosyncrasies, regrets, and love as if she lived it herself. The best, is that this book is not loaded with sugar, but is realistic, heart wrenching, and even insightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2001

    Simple and insightful

    I read this book during the spring semester of my freshman year of college. I was reading it basically for a change from the usual biology and chemistry books that I had been reading. I ended up writing an eight page paper over this book for my World Lit. class, and I got an A. I am a student at the highest rated public school in my state. This novel told the story of an uncommon love between two very different people. The language is simple. Allowing Jack and Ruby to narrate the novel gives more depth to the characters, and makes understanding thier situation easier. I definitely recomend this book. This is the second of Gibbons' novels that I have read, and I plan to read her others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2000

    Very hard to get into

    This book was simply okay. It took me over a month to read, and I read most books in a couple of days. Very slow reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    A lovely, warm story

    I especially enjoyed the narrative switching between the two characters. This gave the reader much more insight into each character.

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