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Fair and Tender Ladies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    One of the Great American Novels

    This is my favorite book of all time. Someday it will receive the recognition it deserves. Lee Smith's prose drips from the page, it is so beautifully wrought. The novel is made up of letters written by Ivy Rowe, one of the most vivid and wonderful characters in American literature. The letters are written to penpals, sisters, even to the letter-writer herself. Do not miss this book. Absolutely spell-binding and wonderful

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    I was required to read this book my senior year of high school.

    I was required to read this book my senior year of high school. I loved this book so much that I ended up buying. I read it to my husband when we got married :D and I have read it a few times since then. This is just one of those stories that touches your heart and stays with you for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good storytelling!

    Ivy is a force to be reckoned with. I love this powerful strong storytelling by this female.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Great!

    Ivy is insane! I loved this book even though I wanted to scream at Ivy. I laughed and I cried. A great Appalachian story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    This book changed my life.

    One of my top ten. I love Ivy Rowe. She taught me so much about life, about myself. For years after I first read this book I missed having Ivy in my life. It's a book you never want to end.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    excellent, especially if you have an interest in Womens' History

    Poignant story of an Appalachian woman and what it might have been like for someone with few material but many rich spiritual and cultural resources to move through the circumstanes of pre-WW II -- although fictional, the character breathes and the reader is compelled to care -- particularly relevant to those who value a realistic understanding of women born into poverty -- will change the minds of people who judge others by socioeconomic circumstances alone --highly recommend-- will be reading all the author, Lee Smith, has written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    One of my favorites ever

    I absolutely love this book.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Wonderful Book

    This is definitely one of my favorite books. It is beautifully written and includes engaging characters whom you will learn to love and hate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Well Crafted and Written, Touching and Believable

    This is one of my favorite books. The life and personality of the lead character is very multi-faceted and believable. This is no one dimensional character but someone with whom I connected on an intimate level, even though my life has little in common with hers. The storytelling device used here may be off-putting to some people. The book is written entirely in letters, but this in no way detracts from the story and in many ways, enhances it. Perhaps the biggest barrier to some readers may be Ms. Smith's use of the dialect of the SW Virginia mountains. This is an important part of the writing because it enables the writer to understand the main character and her background, and to observe the changes in her as the story progresses. This is a truly great novel and I consider it to be a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2001

    Worth Reading

    Although this novel gets off to a slow start, I think if you stick with it, you'll quickly get involved with the characters and learn to love them.

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