Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

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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 from her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

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

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Overview

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 from her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

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

As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale—including Faith's lon-lost daughter—finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life's most imponderable 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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Publishers Weekly
When Faith Bass Darling hears the voice of God telling her to sell all her possessions because she will die that night, the reclusive heiress drags everything onto the lawn for a garage sale. Her sanity is questionable, but her neighbors’ opportunism is not. Local antiques dealer Bobbie Blankenship hears about the goings on and calls Faith’s estranged daughter, Claudia Jean, to alert her to her mother’s strange behavior. Claudia reluctantly returns home and reconnects with deputy sheriff John Jasper Johnson, who tries to help her end the sale and deal with the mother she hasn’t seen in 20 years. Faith reflects on her life and her values, from her troubling marriage to Claude, a violent man who married her for her money, to her falling out with Claudia Jean, and the death of her son, Mike, in an accident that changed John Jasper’s life. 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. (May)
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It's a shock to everyone in Bass, TX, when wealthy Faith Bass Darling, a recluse for 20 years, throws open her doors and moves her antique furniture to the lawn. She tells Deputy John Jasper Johnson, a friend of her deceased son, that God had revealed to her that she would die on December 31, 1999, and that she should have a garage sale. As she divests herself of family heirlooms, a friend calls Faith's estranged daughter, Claudia. Now, a mother and daughter face the same questions. What is the value of possessions when they alienate family and loved ones? What if our memories and our lives are based on misconceptions? Rutledge's novel asks her characters to rethink everything they believed was true in their lives. VERDICT This solid debut is a fascinating character-driven story of misconceptions, family, and tragedy. Fortunately, Rutledge also alleviates the somber tone with moments of humor. Recommended for those who enjoy Southern fiction as well as book clubs and others who appreciate a story with multiple layers for discussion.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Under the looming shadow of Y2K, the very proper Faith Bass Darling hauls all of her priceless family possessions onto her front lawn for a very improper yard sale in Rutledge's debut novel. Surprised and delighted to catch sight of the reclusive Faith, neighbors and strangers descend upon the Darlings' lawn to snap up Tiffany lamps and Spode china for quarters. Alarmed less by Faith's evident Alzheimer's than by the shocking loss of capital, Bobbie Ann Blankenship rushes over to save what she can. Now sole proprietor of the Yesteryear Antique Shop, Bobbie plans to keep Faith's possessions safe from unscrupulous buyers until Faith consents to a dignified estate sale, or until Faith's daughter, Claudia, comes home. But first, Bobbie might just take that mysterious elephant clock--the one item Faith does not want to sell. Claudia hasn't been home in 20 years, not since she hid a certain family ring, a ring passed down from her great-great-grandmother Belle, a ring replete with a three-carat diamond surrounded by seed pearls, a ring inscribed Love Eternal, a ring hidden in a desk on the Darlings' lawn. A failed Buddhist, Claudia doesn't want the ring for itself but for the chance it offers to invest in her dream of becoming part-owner of an upscale fitness club. Once home, Claudia must confront her mother's illness, as well as the return of her first love, Deputy John Jasper Johnson. With the help of John Jasper, Bobbie, Father George and Dr. Peabody, Claudia begins to understand her mother, her mother's illness and their relationship. Faith herself confronts the memories of her past as she moves from room to room, object to object. Those memories contain some dark family secrets having to do with the deaths of her husband, Claude Angus Darling, and her son, Mike. This potentially poignant story of misplaced emotional attachments and misremembered pasts falters under its wispy tone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425261026
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 282,019
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda Rutledge, a fifth-generation Texan, has petted baby rhinos, snorkeled with endangered turtles, and dodged hurricanes as a freelance journalist, while winning awards for her fiction. She and her husband live outside Austin. This is her debut novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    This book was fantastic, one of the best I've read in many years

    This book was fantastic, one of the best I've read in many years. Each and every character resonated and of course Faith Bass Darling will be permanently fixed in my mind as one of the best characters ever. Absorbing and brilliantly written, I predict this book will be a classic. I loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is a charming novel that y

    Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is a charming novel that you will want to read again and again. It is beautifully written, with wonderful characters. I would highly recommend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

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    There’s an old saying money can’t buy happiness and

    There’s an old saying money can’t buy happiness and that’s very true for Faith Bass Darling, she lost her son in a terrible accident, her husband’s death followed soon after and her daughter ran away in her teens, yes this was years ago but Faith seems to be reliving it like an old movie loop. Now lately her days aren’t as clear as they once were but when she’s woken up not once but three times by a God she hasn’t spoken to in years, she takes notice. Does he give her an epiphany, or give her prophecies, oh no he tells her to clear out her stately mansion in Bass Texas and have a garage sale to end all garage sales and on this the most momentous of days, December 31, 1999.
    So on the dawn of a new century lives will change in the small once prosperous now mostly forgotten town of Bass Texas and the ripple effect will spread until no one is spared the backlash, especially Faith, Bobbie Ann Blankenship, Claudia Darling, Father George Fallow and John Jasper Johnson. These lives will be changed forever, but will the sale change them for the good or for the worse.
    I love reading debut novels, it always feels like birth when a new voice in the writing community comes on the scene and it was no different with this unexpected gem of a novel. Now by the title you might think that Ms. Rutledge has a comedy, well you’d be wrong just like I was. Instead inside this book I found the epic struggles of her characters and finally absolution and resolution, there were haunted and troubled people who could be anyone I know and I loved how the author came to her conclusions and found solace for her troubled crew. She used dialogue that I could easily read and understand and her narrative was animated enough that I could easily put myself in the scenes she created. This is a read that would appeal to a wide audience by both sexes and many ages. Now if you’re looking for a novel that gives you a concrete conclusion this isn’t for you, but if like me you like to have that almost absolute ending yet with degrees of variations left to your own imagination, then this is definitely your next must read.
    Ms. Rutledge this was exactly the kind of novel that goes on my keeper shelf to be brought out to read again and again and to share with only those who can be trusted with a treasured keepsake. Thank you and I look forward to what you come up with next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book!  The story is as intriguing as its c

    I really enjoyed this book!  The story is as intriguing as its cover!  I was first attracted to it by the cover and the fact that Adriana Trigiani endorses it on the front  too.  And yes, parts of it are laugh out loud funny.  You will fall in love with all of the main characters:  Faith Bass Darling as she relives her life while casually selling off a lifetime of treasured antiques, the house itself and what it stands for to the residents of this town in the middle of nowhere Texas, Faith's estranged daughter as she returns home, and the town sheriff who has a long relationship and tie to the family.  Personally I despise garage sales, but this is one NOT TO BE MISSED!   I hope you love it as much as I did.  And I can't wait to see what Ms. Rutledge will write next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    good read

    I loved the down home story and the dysfunctional family in this story. Funny, sad, and sometime painfully true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    I was completely unprepared for this book to be so GOOD! It's r

    I was completely unprepared for this book to be so GOOD! It's rare to find a debut novel that can make you laugh and cry AND think. Especially one with a setting at a garage sale, for crying out loud! Even the antiques are like characters that help slowly unfold the plot. I just loved it. So original. So much fun. And yet so smart with so much good stuff to takeaway. If you think it's fluff, or the stereotypical quirky Southern novel, you're in for a surprise. For me, it was a great one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Lynda Rutledge’s book is a pure joy to read. Well written

    Lynda Rutledge’s book is a pure joy to read. Well written, with a unique approach to unlocking the historical secrets of a family, it kept me reading despite my intentions to only read fifty pages a day. There was enough intrigue to keep me going, but not so much that I was overwhelmed by doom and gloom. At the same time, as the mysteries unfolded, there were charming tales of antiques that were being sold off in a yard sale to dozens of families who had no idea of their true value. The ending is clever and unexpected. It leaves you with a nice warm feeling for both Lynda and the characters she created.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Boring didnot like

    Yu ck

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    just so-so

    just so-so

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Reviewed by Angie Book provided by the publisher for review Revi

    Reviewed by Angie
    Book provided by the publisher for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    This review is so hard to write as I want to be fair in my review, yet not take away from the book at all.

    First, though I wanted to love this book, instead all I can say is that I like it. Ever the fan of HEAs {Happily Ever After} or even something remotely close to that, there was closure, but no real semblance of happiness.

    Don’t get me wrong; the writing is impeccable, the characters are well thought out and the plot is complicated, but keeps you interested. Though, to be honest, I found the plot to be tedious at times because I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on; it took until almost the end of the book before I realized what everything was all about and why these people acted the way I did.

    Faith is a lovely woman who is losing her mind. At first I wondered if her dead husband was taking her over, but that wasn’t the case at all…she just couldn’t remember things.

    John Jasper and Bobbie were my favorite characters. Bobbie isn’t afraid to go after what she wants and John Jasper, though haunted by a past he can not let go off nor change, is sweet and caring under his gruff exterior.

    The only character I really disliked was Faith’s daughter Claudia Jean. That woman runs away from EVERYTHING and seems to be scared of her own shadow. She does redeem herself towards the end and wasn’t quite as annoying, but I still didn’t really care for her.

    I would actually love for their to be a sequel. There are snippets of information and provenances that I savored and wanted to know more about. Faith’s family sounds interesting and the love that her grandfather had for his wife and her own father’s love for her mother was just beautiful.

    Overall, I give this book a 3.5 as I did like it…I just didn’t love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    A small kitten

    She whimpers and pads away. Sh just wanted a home.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Jake

    shrugs i dt know...i may have to go soon but ill be back in like an hour

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    To all

    Yall stupid get guts and go with real pepole dummys

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Jessica

    She hums.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Jace

    A Girl with red wavy hair just below her shoulder blades walks in. Her eyes are purple. "Can i join you?"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Ryan to Max

    Im pretty sure its dead

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Dimitri

    Kk thanks

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Mia

    * sighs*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Kane

    Bored

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Rose

    Meh too. Byeeeee!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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