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993 words, approx. 4 pages
Powell is an American novelist, short story writer, and critic. In the following positive review of A Virtuous Woman, he maintains that the novel has a "remarkable structure" that compen... Read more
831 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following excerpt, D'Errico favorably assesses A Virtuous Woman, but faults Gibbons's use of multiple narrators in the final chapter as an instance of technique overpowering conte... Read more
1,732 words, approx. 6 pages
Chandler is an Indian-born American educator, essayist, and critic. In the following review, she examines the themes of loyalty, self-sacrifice, compassion, and love in A Virtuous Woman. "Until... Read more
353 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, Kavaney positively reviews A Virtuous Woman. Kaye Gibbons's second novel, A Virtuous Woman, has the simplicity of a good Country-and-Western song; where her first, Ell... Read more
1,004 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, Koenig enthusiastically reviews A Cure for Dreams. She notes, however, that Gibbons appears, occasionally, to confuse morality with self-righteousness. "When my mother... Read more
4,628 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Wood examines Gibbons's first three novels, contending that her writings are "spiritually bracing" because her "characters tell and listen to storie... Read more
6,604 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, McKee analyzes the uniquely feminine language in Gibbons's A Cure for Dreams and the way that language binds the female characters to a community of women. Not coinciden... Read more
806 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Fisher discusses Gibbons's On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon in terms of its relationship with the author's other works. During her brief career, Kaye Gibbons... Read more
7,977 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following essay, Souris uses the narrative theories of Mikhail Bakhtin and Wolfgang Iser to analyze the multiple narration of Gibbons's A Virtuous Woman. And after it all, after it... Read more
6,526 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Mason provides an overview of Gibbons's life and career. Kaye Gibbons has now published two more novels since she burst upon the public's awareness with her 1987 ... Read more
2,076 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following interview, Summer and Gibbons discuss Gibbons's change of publishers and the development of her fourth novel, Charms for the Easy Life. In the decade during which she published... Read more
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In the following review, Cohen discusses the Southern women in Gibbons's Charms for the Easy Life, Pam Durban's The Laughing Place, and Elizabeth Berg's Durable Goods. Sensitive d... Read more
2,030 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following essay, Harris asserts that the heroines of several contemporary Southern novels, including Gibbons's Charms for the Easy Life, go beyond the image of Scarlett O'Hara in ... Read more
4,325 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, Branan describes how language empowers the women in Gibbons's A Cure for Dreams. Several months before her third novel appeared, Kaye Gibbons voiced anxiety over “... Read more
362 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Kellaway complains that there is not enough material in Gibbons's Sights Unseen to sustain an entire novel. Kaye Gibbons is a young American writer and [Sights Unseen] ... Read more
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In the following essay, Lewis praises Gibbons's characterization in her novels and discusses some of Gibbons's memorable heroines. “I think the Southerner is a talker by nature,&#... Read more