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The Last Girls

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Awards

2003 Southern Book Award in Fiction

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On a beautiful June day in 1965, a dozen girls-classmates at a picturesque Blue Ridge women's college-launched their homemade raft (inspired by Huck Finn's) on a trip down the Mississippi. It's Girls A-Go-Go Down the Mississippi read the headline in the Paducah, Kentucky, paper.

Thirty-five years later, four of those "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. This time it's on the luxury steamboat, The Belle of Natchez, and there's no publicity. This time, when they reach New Orleans, they'll give the river the ashes of a fifth rafter-beautiful Margaret ("Baby") Ballou.

Revered for her powerful female characters, here Lee Smith tells a brilliantly authoritative story of how college pals who grew up in an era when they were still called "girls" have negotiated life as "women." Harriet Holding is a hesitant teacher who has never married (she can't explain why, even to herself). Courtney Gray struggles to step away from her Southern Living-style life. Catherine Wilson, a sculptor, is suffocating in her happy third marriage. Anna Todd is a world-famous romance novelist escaping her own tragedies through her fiction. And finally there is Baby, the girl they come to bury-along with their memories of her rebellions and betrayals.

THE LAST GIRLS is wonderful reading. It's also wonderfully revealing of women's lives-of the idea of romance, of the relevance of past to present, of memory and desire.

About the Author

Lee Smith is the author of nine previous novels as well as three collections of stories. Her ninth novel, The Last Girls, was a New York Timesbestseller as well as co-winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. The recipient of an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, Smith lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565123632
Author:
Smith, Lee
Publisher:
A Shannon Ravenel Book
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Mississippi river
Subject:
Class reunions
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
River boats
Subject:
Women college graduates.
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Shannon Ravenel Books
Series Volume:
no. 90
Publication Date:
20020812
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 x 9
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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