Fair and Tender Ladies

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G.K. Hall, 1989 - Fiction - 491 pages
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Returning to Appalachia, Lee Smith, author of Oral History, creates an unforgettable heroine: Ivy Rowe. From girlhood to old age, Ivy nourishes her family with her passion, imagination, and strength.

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User Review  - christinejoseph - LibraryThing

Story of Ivy Rowe - chronicle of the South as written only t/ her letters. Great Ivy Rowe, Virginia mountain girl, then wife, mother, and finally "Mawmaw," never strays far from her home-but the ... Read full review

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User Review  - JMlibrarian - LibraryThing

I. . .am. . .Ivy. I've never identified so completely with a character. There may be other books as good about mountain people, but there are none that are superior to Lee Smith's epistolary ... Read full review

Contents

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3
Section 2
18
Section 3
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About the author (1989)

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. Her first collection of short stories, Cakewalk, was published in 1981. Smith taught at North Carolina State University. Her novel, Oral History, published in 1983, was a Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection. She has received two O. Henry Awards, the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Fiction, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, and the Academy Award in Literature presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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