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.