Fair and Tender Ladies

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Penguin, Jul 5, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
7 Reviews
"A tour de force."
Ivy Rowe may not have much education, but her thoughts are classic, and her experiences are fascinating. Born near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountains, Ivy's story is told completely through letters she is forever writing, and that you will forever want to read....
"Few readers will be dry-eyed as they watch this extraordinary woman disappear around that last bend in the road."

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User Review  - nicolewbrown - LibraryThing

Set in the mountains of Virginia, this sweeping novel tells the story of Ivy Rowe beginning in 1914 when she was a young teenager living on a farm way up on the mountain with her sisters and brothers ... Read full review

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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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PART TWO Letters from Majestic
PART THREE Letters from Diamond
PART FOUR Letters from Sugar Fork
PART FIVE Letters from Sugar Fork

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About the author (2011)

Lee Smith was born in Grundy, VA. She is author of many novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Girls, and most recently Guests On Earth. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

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