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Fair and Tender Ladies (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The story of Ivy Rowe, spanning almost a century in the Virginia backwoods, is told completely through the letters that Ivy never stops writing over the course of her long and varied life. A remarkable portrait of a time, a place, and a person.

Review:

"This is about a moving a work of literature as has ever been written." Annie Dillard

Review:

"In the old tradition of oral storytelling, Smith has fashioned a dramatic, magical, poignantly true-to-life tale." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Ivy writes with a verve and immediacy which prove that her creator, Lee Smith, is a storyteller supreme." School Library Journal

Review:

"This haunting epistolary novel captures the heartbreaking beauty of Appalachia through the voice of an engaging narrator....[Fair and Tender Ladies is] Smith's best work yet; highly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

"A TOUR DE FORCE"

- Los Angeles Times

"The story of Ivy Rowe, born near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountain enclave of Sugar Fork, is told completely through letters that Ivy is forever writing family and friends...Lee Smith exhibits her own understanding and affection for the traditions of the Appalachians. She is at home with the down-home speech and ways of her characters. They come vividly to life, and none more so than Ivy, whose voice and heart and humor sustain Fair and Tender Ladies."

- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Because of Ivy's narrative ability and her zest for living, Fair and Tender Ladies opens for us like a flower with a gloriously unexpected center. There are unforgettable characters...Few readers will be dry-eyed as they watch this extraordinary woman disappear around that last bend in the road."

-Chicago Tribune

"These beautiful letters...display Ivy's soul up close, the way a just-caught firefly illuminates a jar. So real does she become that it is hard to believe that Ivy did not actually live to write her letters."

-USA Today

"This is about a moving a work of literature as has ever been written." ANNIE DILLARD

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345383990
Author:
Smith, Lee
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Appalachian mountains
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Appalachian Mountains Fiction.
Subject:
Mountain life
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Publication Date:
19930601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25x5.54x.71 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345383990 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is about a moving a work of literature as has ever been written."
"Review" by , "In the old tradition of oral storytelling, Smith has fashioned a dramatic, magical, poignantly true-to-life tale."
"Review" by , "Ivy writes with a verve and immediacy which prove that her creator, Lee Smith, is a storyteller supreme."
"Review" by , "This haunting epistolary novel captures the heartbreaking beauty of Appalachia through the voice of an engaging narrator....[Fair and Tender Ladies is] Smith's best work yet; highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , "A TOUR DE FORCE"

- Los Angeles Times

"The story of Ivy Rowe, born near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountain enclave of Sugar Fork, is told completely through letters that Ivy is forever writing family and friends...Lee Smith exhibits her own understanding and affection for the traditions of the Appalachians. She is at home with the down-home speech and ways of her characters. They come vividly to life, and none more so than Ivy, whose voice and heart and humor sustain Fair and Tender Ladies."

- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Because of Ivy's narrative ability and her zest for living, Fair and Tender Ladies opens for us like a flower with a gloriously unexpected center. There are unforgettable characters...Few readers will be dry-eyed as they watch this extraordinary woman disappear around that last bend in the road."

-Chicago Tribune

"These beautiful letters...display Ivy's soul up close, the way a just-caught firefly illuminates a jar. So real does she become that it is hard to believe that Ivy did not actually live to write her letters."

-USA Today

"This is about a moving a work of literature as has ever been written." ANNIE DILLARD

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