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Let's discuss Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith

  • Jul 1, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Your organizers decided to choose a book by a writer of contemporary North Carolina southern fiction. From several choices, most votes were received for Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies (first published in 1988 and reissued in 2011). The book is probably the author's most beloved book. It is an epistolary novel told by Ivy Rowe about her life as a child living with eight siblings on a family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The letters begin at the turn of the 20th century and continue to the present. They convey the harsh poverty, the beauty, and the changing conditions of life in Appalachia. Lee Smith has published 12 novels and is the recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Aware for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    so sorry i could not be there: the rain started when I was halfway there. Hope to meet you all next time. Loved this introduction to erstwhile Appalachia and its strong women.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Evelyn D.

    A fine discussion that covered many hitherto unexplored aspects of the book. I learned from everyone and enjoyed the insights.

    July 2, 2013

  • Jorge C.

    Yes, a great discussion (thanks Janna, for leading it) It's amazing how much the FlyLeaf Book-lovers group uncovers from each book we read. Left me wanting to read more by Lee Smith.

    July 2, 2013

  • Janna

    Small group but great discussion as always.

    July 2, 2013

  • Florence K.

    have a bad cold. hopefully will be there next meeting.

    July 1, 2013

  • Susan F.

    How do I find out about future book selections and meetings.

    June 26, 2013

    • Evelyn D.

      Hi, Susan, Welcome to the Book Lovers group. The upcoming book selections through the end of the year are posted on the Meetup site. Just scroll down through and you'll see them listed with their dates in reverse order.

      June 26, 2013

  • Evelyn D.

    On Monday night we'll come together to talk about Ivy Rowe, a vivid character whom we meet as a 10 year old and regretfully leave as a feisty old woman. Rural Appalachia comes alive in the patterns of speech, the evocation of the weather and the wild life (including some human inhabitants). Come and enjoy the company of your fellow readers and Ivy and her siblings and a host of other characters! This is Southern writing at its finest!

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to meeting a new group of booklovers.

    June 19, 2013

  • Evelyn D.

    Nice to have some newbies along with some of our regulars. The Lee Smith book promises to be a great discussion moderated by Janna Shisler. I hope to see a full house despite summer vacation pre-commitments.

    June 17, 2013

  • Susan F.

    I am looking forward to reading a good book and also making new friends!

    June 9, 2013

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