Fair and Tender Ladies (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 5, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
21 Reviews
Ivy Rowe, Virginia mountain girl, then wife, mother, and finally "Mawmaw," never strays far from her home-but the letters she writes take her across the country and over the ocean. Writing "to hold onto what's passing," she tells stories that are rich with the life of Appalachia in words that are colloquial, often misspelled, but always beautiful.

From childhood, when teachers encouraged her gift for language, to her rebellious teenage years when she swore against motherhood-only to then become a mother-and on through life, Ivy writes with insight, honesty, and a passion for living that is sure to be infectious.


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User Review  - Ms. Okes - Goodreads

Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith is a masterful telling of life growjng up in the Appalachian Mountains. Though set in Virginia, it could easily be the blue hills of my own home state that are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carmen Gwazdacz - Goodreads

Have you ever read a book you love so much that you know any review you write couldn't do it justice? This is that book for me. It is a tribute to all those women not to long ago that had neither the ... Read full review


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