Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith

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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.


About Lee Smith

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Lee Smith was born in Grundy, VA, and lives in North Carolina. She is the author of ten novels and four story collections. She is a winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.
Published July 5, 2011 by Berkley. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Regionalist Smith (Oral History, 1983; Black Mountain Breakdown, 1980) again mines the lovely, rugged country of Appalachia for cultural sparklers (from seasonal rites to granny tales) to background this likable saga of the girlhood-to-death travails and triumphs of a loving, strong-spined mounta...

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In the remarkable Ivy Rowe, Smith has conjured a character that chronicles 70 years of life centered in the Appalachian region of Virginia through letters written to family and friends. Born on a farm at the turn of the 20th century, Ivy has the heart and eye of a poet even though her life pa

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