Family Linen

Family Linen

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by Lee Smith
     
 

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"Brilliant, haunting, dark, joyous, remarkably compelling...immensely difficult to put down...a master storyteller."THE VILLAGE VOICEA childhood memory re-experienced, a funeral that brings about a family reunion, and the excavation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well, uncover family secrets and air the dirty linen in this behind-the-scenes look at life and

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"Brilliant, haunting, dark, joyous, remarkably compelling...immensely difficult to put down...a master storyteller."THE VILLAGE VOICEA childhood memory re-experienced, a funeral that brings about a family reunion, and the excavation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well, uncover family secrets and air the dirty linen in this behind-the-scenes look at life and family, memory and forgetfulness, anger and forgiveness in a small Southern town."Falls in line with the best of classical Southern fiction...but Ms. Smith's vision is her own and places her among the best of contemporary Southern writers."THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION


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Editorial Reviews

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“A lively, warmhearted, wickedly perceptive and extremely funny book.”—Newsday

“Immensely difficult to put down.”—The Village Voice

“With great skill, humor, and understanding, Smith gradually reveals the Hess family linen for all to see.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A childhood memory relived through hypnosis, a funeral that brings about a family reunion, and the evacuation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well uncover a family secret in this darkly humorous novel…In the course of the story all the family’s dirty linen is aired and Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at life in a small Southern town.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345336422
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/1986
Pages:
304

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A lively, warmhearted, wickedly perceptive and extremely funny book.”—Newsday

“Immensely difficult to put down.”—The Village Voice

“With great skill, humor, and understanding, Smith gradually reveals the Hess family linen for all to see.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A childhood memory relived through hypnosis, a funeral that brings about a family reunion, and the evacuation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well uncover a family secret in this darkly humorous novel…In the course of the story all the family’s dirty linen is aired and Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at life in a small Southern town.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Meet the Author

Lee Smith was born in Grundy, VA. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls, as well as many other novels and story collections.She is a winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

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Family Linen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An unusual and extremely interesting novel that twists and winds through the history and 'dirty linen,' of a family. Well written, and thought provoking.