Fair and Tender Ladies

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G.K. Hall, 1989 - Fiction - 491 pages
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A series of letters, written to family and friends, reveals the life and times of Ivy Rowe, as she grows from girlhood to old age, finds love, dreams great visions, and raises a family, in an evocative portrait of Appalachia

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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  - Mommalibrarian - Goodreads

First potential obstacle for the reader is the author's attempt to capture the main character Ivy by her speech: ". . . the moon come up, the biggest full moon come up just like it was any other nigt ... Read full review


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Lee Smith is a novelist, short story writer, and educator. She was born in 1944 in Grundy, Virginia. Smith attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. In her senior year at Hollins, Smith entered a Book-of-the-Month Club contest, submitting a draft of a novel called The Last Day the Dog Bushes Bloomed. The book, one of 12 entries to receive a fellowship, was published in 1968. Smith wrote reviews for local papers and continued to write short stories. Smith received O. Henry Awards in 1978 and 1980 and in 1981, her first collection of short stories, Cakewalk, was published. Smith taught at North Carolina State University. Her novel, Oral History, published in 1983, was a Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection. Smith has received the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Fiction, and the Academy Award in Literature presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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