Fair and Tender Ladies

From Ivy Rowe s birth on Blue Star Mountain, her life is full of passion and longing as she writes letters to family and friends Ivy s talent as a budding writer is recognized early on, but just as she is about to realize her dream of going north to school, she is betrayed by her passionate nature Facing an unwed pregnancy and publicly admonished for her sins, Ivy marrieFrom Ivy Rowe s birth on Blue Star Mountain, her life is full of passion and longing as she writes letters to family and friends Ivy s talent as a budding writer is recognized early on, but just as she is about to realize her dream of going north to school, she is betrayed by her passionate nature Facing an unwed pregnancy and publicly admonished for her sins, Ivy marries a childhood friend who takes her back to the family homestead, where she bears several children and endures the endless toil of a farmer s wife Through her trials Ivy holds firm, knowing that her life will hold happiness one day.
Fair and Tender Ladies From Ivy Rowe s birth on Blue Star Mountain her life is full of passion and longing as she writes letters to family and friends Ivy s talent as a budding writer is recognized early on but just as sh

  • Title: Fair and Tender Ladies
  • Author: Lee Smith
  • ISBN: 9780345383990
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fair and Tender Ladies Lee Set in the mountains of Virginia, this sweeping novel tells the story of Ivy Rowe beginning in when she was a young teenager living on a farm way up on the mountain with her sisters and brothers and her father is lying in front of the fire slowly dying. Fair and Tender Ladies Kindle edition by Lee Smith Fair and Tender Ladies Kindle edition by Lee Smith Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Fair and Tender Ladies. Lee Smith Novels Fair and Tender Ladies Her work has a mixture of lyricism and sexual boldness Like Sissy Spacek and Loretta Lynn, Smith can make a performance in a popular medium seem like a complete declaration of feeling. Frov tendr Tendry jsou drah zle itost, vy erpvaj Frov tendr je tendr, kter je pot ebn.Ne v dy je t eba v p pad nespokojenosti hned m nit cel zapracovan a zku en agenturn tm N kdy sta vym nit nap lov ka, kter zpomaluje spoluprci a u na stran agentury i klienta , procesn postup i zp sob komunikace. Traditional American Tunes in Midi Format contemplator Taylor s Traditional Tunebook Traditional favourites from America Tender definition of tender by The Free Dictionary A strip of meat, usually chicken, often breaded, deep fried, and served with a sauce. India International Garment Fair IIGF OVERVIEW OF THE EVENT India International Garment Fair is a specialized bi annual fair, autumn winter spring summer, which takes place in the month of January July every year and has been extensively globally recognized as one of the leading fairs for the Indian Garment Export Industry. tender English Spanish Dictionary WordReference tender Translation to Spanish, pronunciation, and forum discussions Fashion Fair Unapologetically Bold Unabashedly Beautiful UNEVEN SKIN VANTEX Skin Bleaching Cream VANTEX True Tone Exfoliating Cleanser VANTEX True Tone Dark Spot Corrector VANTEX True Tone Moisturizer SPF Ontario Tender Fruit Ontario Peaches, Nectarines, Pears The Ontario Tender Fruit Promise To build, nurture and expand lasting relationships with our industry partners as well as providing support for our members who produce and deliver fresh and local tender

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    1. Lee Smiths beautiful prose in this story told through the letters of Ivy Rowe made my heart and mind sing with nostalgia. This story follows the stubborn and very wise Ivy from a young girl at the end of the 18th century to a very old woman in the mid 1900's. Though poor and poorly educated she had a thirst for knowledge and a zest for life. She never lost that ability of the young to look around and see the beauty of your surroundings as well as be grateful for the simplest things in life. Ivy [...]

    2. This book is special. The cover may give you the impression that this is fluff. It is not! It is set in the Appalachians of Virginia. It covers the 1900s through to the 70s. Both wars and the Depression. Yet history is not the focus even if it of course plays a role in shaping events. The focus is a family, the family of Ivy Rowe. She has six siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends and her own five kids. They get married, and they have kids. Each one of these becomes a person you know. [...]

    3. Take me home country roads . I had a friend, recently deceased, who was raised in the Ozark mountains and I could hear her accent and unique phrases like “down to a gnat’s eyelash” as told through Ivy Rowe’s letters recounting her life on Blue Star Mountain as she describes passing through a field of "lighning bugs like walking among the stars in the sky." I was unfamiliar with the author until I heard her comments about Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird as part of a recent documentar [...]

    4. I'm an Appalachian mountain girl. I felt like I knew Ivy from the first sentence. She truly seemed to come to life on the pages. I came along a few generations after her time, but I felt like she could be one of my grandmothers. She talked the way I probably still talk :-) Education was important to her, and she was very smart, but she never really got a chance. I guess, really, I felt like I could have been reading family history. That says a lot about a novel.Re-read June 28, 2009There's not a [...]

    5. I think that maybe I love Ivy Rowe more than any character I've read. The reader meets Ivy as a child and grows old with her. She's a natural-born writer, so the story is told in epistolary style through the letters Ivy is forever writing to her friends and family. Ivy believes she yearns to see the world, but as her life progresses and she has opportunities to escape the poverty of her Appalachian upbringing, she discovers that the pull of home and family are stronger than that of travel and ad [...]

    6. Really 4.5 stars. A couple years ago I fell in love with Lee Smith’s Appalachian storytelling in Oral History. I have finally returned to her with “Fair and Tender Ladies”. The book is penned by Ivy Rowe in letters to various friends and relatives, beginning with her preteen years during the WWI era. She loves to read but has not yet developed her spelling skills, so the first 70 pages or so took a bit longer to read as I ciphered out her words and many colloquialisms. But from the get go [...]

    7. I borrowed this book from the library of the mountain town where Lee Smith grew up--my first library book in quite a while. There I was, on my first trip to the library, wandering aisles and I ran across sectioned-off areas with Lee Smith's works. But of course. And I finished this book in one sitting. Oh, Ivy Rowe--what a fascinating character. She is raised in the hollers of the mountains by a father who is too sick to work, and a mother who gave up a comfortable life to raise a family. At the [...]

    8. This book is absolutely wonderful. I’m so glad I read it. This is an epistolary novel (meaning the story is told through letters written by a character in the story) which I hadn’t realized until I started reading it. After the first two pages, I was so horrified by the spelling that I thought "oh heck no, there's no way I can get through this book if the whole thing is like this!" But then the book was so compelling that I got completely sucked in and the spelling bothered me less and less [...]

    9. This novel is one of my favorite books of all time. Polly Hollar gave it to me in college with two lines from the book inscribed in the cover: "Slow down, slow down, this is the taste of spring" and "I have walked in my body like a queen." It's an epistolary book that appears as a compilation of all the letters written by a poor Appalachian woman named Ivy Rowe throughout her lifetime. Some letters are to herself, a pen pal, or to individuals who will never receive them. Some letters are to othe [...]

    10. Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith is an enchanting epistolary (told through letters) novel about a life. There is not one specific antagonist or event that this novel is centered on, instead it is centered on the heroine, Ivy Rowe, and the events of her life as they unfold through letters she writes to family and friends. The story begins a few years into the 1900's when Ivy is 12 years old writing about her life to a hoped for pen-pal, and continures into the 1970's as Ivy writes to friends a [...]

    11. Well, my winning streak is over. I thought I would really like this because of what I thought it would be about and because it got good reviews overall, which really mystifies me. This novel starts out in the 30s in the Appalachian Mountains. I expected that I would read about a heartwarming community of mountain people who had it rough but helped each other through the tough times. I have to admit that I only got a third of the way through this. I never connected to the main character like I ha [...]

    12. Lee Smith. The name for me evokes memories of long days spent happily lost in books that speak to the minds and hearts of mountain girls everywhere. Oral History, Family Linen, Black Mountain Breakdown, The Devil's Dream, Saving Grace, and my particular favorite, Fair and Tender Ladies. I know so many of the women in these books, and I have been one or two of them. Thought provoking, funny, tender, haunting; each book has a meaning far beyond the story. The richness of detail about mountain life [...]

    13. This is a good book. Maybe even a very good book. But it is a long book. since it covers a woman's lifetime, I suppose it has a right to be, but sometimes it drags. others it skips quickly through some seemingly important parts of her life, particularly births and children's early years, without a backward glance. And there are, literally, hundreds of characters. I think one mark of a really good author is, when referring to a long lost character, the ability with a few words to remind the reade [...]

    14. Fair and Tender Ladies is one of those books you would have a dog-eared, tea-stained, cracked spine copy of on your shelf that you wouldn't lend to anyone, its that special.From the first few pages, even paragraphs, I could tell this was quickly going to become a favorite book. And I was not disappointed, right down to the last word of the book.The story is told via letters to friends/family from Ivy Rowe, who starts out as a young girl in the mountains of Appalachia. The letters and the languag [...]

    15. Lee Smith’s novel, ‘Fair and Tender Ladies,’ exceeds both ‘fair’ and ‘tender. It is a gently told, very readable and enjoyable ‘family history’ of the really hardscrabble life of deep Appalachia—from dirt-poor dirt farming to lung-crushing coal mining—during the first-half of the twentieth century. The literary device of telling the story exclusively through the moving letter writing of its main character, Ivy Rowe, is very effective. It gives the tale the gossipy, warm and p [...]

    16. I really didn't like this book. I just thought that the themes of sex and death were way overdone. The main character has some personality, but her focus in life, and thus the focus of the book, was just too strange. I didn't get it.I did like how the story was told in all letters. I thought that made an interesting forum. And I LOVED the "accent" you got from the writings. I just didn't like the plot or point.

    17. I like this book because I grew up in Appalachia. This is a beautiful picture of life in the mountains, with a musical quality that is reminiscent of the region and draws you in.

    18. We read Fair and Tender Ladies for my book club, and I must say that the novel grew on me . I liked the main character from the get go--it was the epistolary structure that slowed me down. The dialect and the spelling was difficult to move through. I read the first couple of chapters and put it down for a week. But then, the rhythm of her letters, and the unraveling of Ivy's life, drew me in. Ivy is spunky and smart, one of nine siblings living with her parents on a mountain farm in Sugar Fork, [...]

    19. Once upon a time, a friend and I were on a cross-country road trip and trying to impress each other with our taste in literature. Also, trying to take advantage of an Audible trial so we didn't have to read aloud or listen to staticky radio in the middle of nowhere. I chose The Lacuna (bad idea, more on that later); she wanted to introduce me to Fair and Tender Ladies, her favorite book.I accidentally ruined her favorite book.Mainly because I had to complain about every stupid decision the MC ma [...]

    20. Thank you Sassy, for mentioning how much you loved this book, it was wonderful. The entire book is written in letters to various people. Ivy starts out as a young, bright, but mostly uneducated girl living in the Appalachian mountains. Her life story unfolds through letters and you're left with a whole character who is as real as any living person.I also enjoyed watching her spelling and grammar improve throughout her life, but also noticing that she never stuck with what she knew. She'd catch t [...]

    21. A very interesting read, and I did enjoy the letter format once I grew accustomed to all the spelling and grammatical errors that made me wince when I started. Although I appreciated the heroine (Ivy's) focus on family and her roots, I felt like she really didn't live up to her potential, which was a bit disapointing. I suppose my biggest beef with the book (me being the prude that I am) is Ivy's adulterous relationship with the wandering honeybee man. Although initially she seems to have remors [...]

    22. I went from reading about Tudor England to this book. I have to admit it was hard going at first, but once I did it was hard to put down. I definitely would include this book in my list of favorites up there with Tree grows in Brooklyn. I am looking forward to reading her other books now. The hard part is that I have one more Tudor England book to readI don't knoww it's going to be hard to pick that up again. Lee Smith's characters are so much more lovely. Lee Smith puts so much depth into her c [...]

    23. Oh Lord! How could you not love Ivy Rowe? Reading this book reminds me of what it was like to sit on my Great Grandmothers porch and listen to she and her sisters remember their lives. Whenever I need to go back to that safe and warm place I always find my battered copy and read it again. This epic novel chronicles the life of a wise, loving , funny and dear mountain lass who observes the 20th century from her beloved mountain. Anyone who grew up in the southern Appalachians will fall in love wi [...]

    24. Loaned to me by a friend. Oh my goodness, this is going to be a 5+ star book!!!* * * * *And it is indeed. In fact, if I could give it more than five stars, I would. This is probably the best book I've ever read, equaling or surpassing my other favorites of a lifetime, _A Tree Grows in Brooklyn_ and _Mrs. Mike_. All three are very similar in style, about dirt-poor but plucky girls maneuvering life and making something of themselves. This one is about the life of an Appalachian girl growing up on [...]

    25. That was an unexpectedly excellent read. When I first started the book, I thought, wtf, I can't read this. It's from the pov of a barely literate child, all told in letters. I almost dumped it within the first 30 pages but didn't bc it's a book group book and I had to have enough read to slam it. I'm so glad I continued. The first section was rough bc Ivy was a child and it was difficult to read her letters since she had poor spelling and grammar. But, as she aged, that improved. The letters sta [...]

    26. Ivy, sweet Ivy; you will love her like a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. You will experience the full ranges of emotion as you read of Ivy's life from her own pen and you are guaranteed to laugh out loud more than once. We started our married life in the hills of Virginia and Lee Smith captured the richness of the culture and the people perfectly. She tells the whole story, the good, the bad and the tragic with a grace that you seldom find.

    27. Loved it so much I bought myself a copy of it (after reading the library's). Look forward to revisiting this one in a later season of life. Masterful and very, very moving.

    28. Fair and Tender Ladies is written entirely from the viewpoint of protagonist Ivy Rowe Fox, through her letters to family and friends. The letters in the first part of the novel are written with many misspellings, as Ivy is but a child—-around twelve years old—-at that point in the story. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s certainly worth the effort. As Ivy matures and becomes better educated, so does the quality of her writing, though the entire epistolary novel remains true to Ap [...]

    29. Narrator Ivy Rowe's horrific spelling and grammar gave me a headache while reading the first half of this book. A more talented author could have conveyed Ivy's Appalachian accent and dialect without resorting to a cheap trick like that, but no such luck with this book's writer. Anyway, Ivy lives with her sickly parents and a boatload of interchangeable siblings in Sugar Fork, Somewhere in Appalachia. Ivy's apparently bright and her teachers take an interest in her, but she gets herself proudly [...]

    30. This is a GEM of a book which I am so grateful to have listened to rather than read on pages of paper, because Kate Forbes so beautifully narrated the accents and phrases popular in Appalachia. I know very little about the region, but when my nephew married a girl from West Virginia this summer I was the guest at the sweetest and most fun wedding I have ever attended. It was filled with music, humor and fun. I fell in love with his new family and I think I have decided that part of their lovelin [...]

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