Fair and Tender Ladies

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1993-06-01
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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"A TOUR DE FORCE" -Los Angeles Times "The story of Ivy Rowe, born near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountain enclave of Sugar Fork, is told completely through letters that Ivy is forever writing family and friends...Lee Smith exhibits her own understanding and affection for the traditions of the Appalachians. She is at home with the down-home speech and ways of her characters. They come vividly to life, and none more so than Ivy, whose voice and heart and humor sustainFair and Tender Ladies." -Philadelphia Inquirer "Because of Ivy's narrative ability and her zest for living,Fair and Tender Ladiesopens for us like a flower with a gloriously unexpected center. There are unforgettable characters...Few readers will be dry-eyed as they watch this extraordinary woman disappear around that last bend in the road." -Chicago Tribune "These beautiful letters...display Ivy's soul up close, the way a just-caught firefly illuminates a jar. So real does she become that it is hard to believe that Ivy did not actually live to write her letters." -USA Today "This is about a moving a work of literature as has ever been written." ANNIE DILLARD

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