Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge

64%

19 Critic Reviews

It's a nicely told, if slow, story of the things and people in our lives and how we project our idea of what they are worth.
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Synopsis

On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else in her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest posessions? Because God told her to.

As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale--including Faith's long-lost daughter--finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life's most important questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?

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About Lynda Rutledge

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LYNDA RUTLEDGE, a fifth-generation Texan, is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Poets & Writers, among others. She lives outside Austin, Texas, with her husband. This is her debut novel.
 
Published April 26, 2012 by Berkley. 296 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Rutledge, a fifth-generation Texan, paints a colorful portrait of a larger than life Texas matron, but her debut offers nothing new on the story’s well-trod themes of Southern racism, old money, and materialism.

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Red Room

Excellent
Reviewed by Holly Weiss on Apr 17 2012

Well-written and original, Linda Rutledge's Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale is a debut deserving of your attention.

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Southern Lit Review

Below average
Reviewed by Andy Johnson on Jun 12 2012

Rutledge includes short chapters about many minor characters who never reappear, as well as one-page “Provenance” sections that relay the family history of certain objects. This strategy, along with some stilted dialogue, distances the reader from what should feel like an intimate story.

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Observer

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Lebleux on May 08 2012

Adept at gently mocking the small-mindedness of small towns and celebrating the expansiveness of small-town souls, the author crafts a tale of love, identity and redemption—not to mention some killer discount shopping.

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Luxury Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Vera on May 05 2012

This was a great concept for a novel, but I feel that it needed much more work before going to print.

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Literate Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on May 01 2012

Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale, filled with the power of memory and the value of forgiveness, is a well-written and well-rounded novel.

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Blogging for a Good Book

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Jun 25 2012

I liked the layers in the story and how the antiques played a role in people’s lives. There were humorous elements to break up what could have been maudlin. This will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

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Take Me Away

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny on Apr 27 2012

While this turned out to not be for me, I think those readers who really love southern fiction and/or who don't mind a singular focus on this woman and her breakdown may find something in quirky Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale that they enjoy.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa Holstine on Apr 05 2012

This book is recommended for those who enjoy southern literature, with all the eccentric families, as well as book clubs and others who appreciate a story with multiple layers for discussion.

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BookNAround

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Apr 13 2012

A wonderful, pleasing read that caused more than its share of grins from me, this has hidden depths to it and will stay with the reader long after the covers are closed.

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Raging Bibliomania

Good
Reviewed by Zibilee on Apr 12 2012

If you’re a reader with a love of finely honed literary novels, this is the book I would recommend to you. It is strikingly forceful yet oddly gentle, and I recommend it highly.

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Anita Books

Below average
Reviewed by Anita on Jun 20 2012

They felt that there were a lot of situations left unanswered or hanging.

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Novel Chatter

Below average
Jun 01 2012

It's a nicely told, if slow, story of the things and people in our lives and how we project our idea of what they are worth.

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Carabosse's Library

Good
Reviewed by Valentina on May 12 2012

It’s just wasn’t as deep and lovely as I thought it’d be.

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A Wife of Book Club Blog

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Jun 07 2012

Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale will make a great light pick for your next book club.

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Tina Says...

Good
Reviewed by Tina on May 28 2012

This novel is a lot of fun, despite the fact that Faith Bass Darling's life is a bit sad and lonely as it nears it's end.

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Paperback Pirate

Below average
Reviewed by CaptainNick Sparrow on May 22 2012

It was sad to read this story and consider dealing with memory loss, but the joy of the story is assessing the true value of the items we gather to make our homes.

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Bookchickdi

Good
Reviewed by Diane on May 16 2012

Amy Einhorn Books continues its streak of finding new writers with unique voices in Lynda Rutledge, and once again, I look forward to seeing more from the imprint.

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Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Scientific Housewife on Apr 11 2012

I love that this book surprised me. It not only let me into Faith's life and her struggles, but the history behind everything was a pleasant addition. It makes you want to go into an antique shop and wonder about who used to own it or how it got there.

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