A Virtuous Woman
by Kaye Gibbons
On the book jacket, another author writes that “Kay Gibbons can distill a character’s experience into those few turning points that make all the difference.” That’s nice, but I chose the book for a completely different reason: she lives in Raleigh, NC!
For two years I attended graduate school in Durham, the next town over. I’m always pumped when local presses (in this case Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) put out such awesome works. Not every important publisher has to be located in New York City!
The book itself was engrossing, telling the story of two rural farmers as they move through the highs and lows of life. She captures the southern way of speaking in a way I haven’t heard before. However, since I’m not from the south, it’s difficult for me to tell how authentic it is or not!