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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  1,490 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Penguin Adult HC/TR (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 12, 2012 Valentina rated it it was ok
There are many things going for this book. One, the plot sounds really interesting and wholly unique. Two, the cover is fantastic. Three, it’s a debut and that’s always exciting. For me, though, it held a lot of unfulfilled promise.
The main issue that I found with it is that it is rather dull. Slow-paced and convoluted, the narrative is not nearly interesting enough to keep the reader fully focused on the page. Many times I found myself skimming, which is horrible both for the reader and for the
Dec 28, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it
I was attracted by this book's rather awkward title when I saw it at the library...and halfway through I was REALLY glad I didn't waste money on this book. First, I hate the modern writing style of constantly flipflopping point of view along with flashbacks...hello, people who read are NOT the MTV audience of persons with poor attention spans that this gimmick was invented for. It's cheap, poor writing and has no place in the publishing industry. You may as well be publishing fifth grade ...more
MB (What she read)
May 29, 2012 MB (What she read) marked it as unfinished
Slow going. Reminds me of Fannie Flagg's Can't Wait to Get to Heaven so far (although dryer).

I read so many of these books with that 'slowly panning out from the past with the great big horrible secret being oh so slowly revealed for the big emotional impact in the present' type plots that I don't have tons of patience with them any more. Anyone else have this problem? I feel like I, the reader, am being manipulated.

They tend to sell well (book clubs?), so maybe it's just me...
May 12, 2012 Gini rated it really liked it
I wish it was the weekend already so I could spend some quality time with Faith Bass Darling!


Alas the Garage Sale is over. I never could really get over Claudia Jean running from her mother over and over. In a crisis situation people step up. But, I guess some people don't. Gotta wrap my head around that one. Wished for more between mother and daughter at the end but they both realized their worth to each other. Touching last moments.
Apr 04, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I love this book and am amazed that it is Lynda Rutledge's first book! It is a pleasure to read and is so rich with complexity. Set in a fictional town close to the hill county, Bass, Texas, covers December 31, 1999 and the following day.If you remember that time, some people were worried about the world coming to end and computers not working. Because of the cover, I thought it would be a light and funny book but it turned out to be so much more.

Faith Bass Darling, a 74 year old widow, had stay
Holly Weiss
Apr 17, 2012 Holly Weiss rated it really liked it
While the world braces for computer chaos on the eve before Y2K, Faith Bass Darling has a different priority. She is the sole occupant of the family mansion in Bass, Texas. On December 31, 1999 she decides she will die the next day. To prepare, seventy-year-old Faith dons her best white summer dress and matching sun hat. She pays teenage boys to carry her belongings out onto the big wrap-around porch and front lawn. Tiffany lamps, an antique French clock, and an heirloom wedding ring from 1870 ...more
Julie Kibler
Feb 16, 2012 Julie Kibler rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC of Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale obtained at the ALA Midwinter Expo in Dallas, Texas in January. This is such a lovely story. It's unique and literary and accessible and breathtaking all at once! A librarian friend also read it, and she said, "I don't care where you get it when it comes out, but you MUST read this book! I obtained an early proof copy at ALA midwinter in Dallas a few weeks ago and was fortunate enough to meet the author. The book is wonderful, funny, sweet, ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
Arrived after a long delay from the Publisher (Penguin). Better late than never, so... My thanks to the Author, Penguin, and Goodreads for this free novel to read and review.

Well worth the wait. This was truly a complete joy to read!

I can rant and rave about how enjoyable this book was to me and thus ending up by possibly spoiling the Storyline, or I can just strongly suggest reading it yourself and then do your own raving for this being a great heartwarming Story.
Apr 05, 2014 Margaret rated it it was ok
Not the quirky southern novel with a sassy character that I was expecting.

Faith Bass Darling, richest woman in the small town of Bass, Texas received a message from God to sell all her possessions on the eve of the new millennium. People flock from all over to buy her beautiful Tiffany lamps, antique roll top desk, porcelain figurines, etc. at yard sale prices while the town's antique dealer, Bobbie Blankenship can only watch with horror. No amount of reasoning or pleading with the recluse can
May 22, 2012 Annie rated it liked it
Shelves: free
Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale is a story of what happens at the end of a life. What are the things you keep, lose or give away...What happens when one day you wake up knowing this will be your last day?
If you are saucy 70 yr. old Faith Bass darling, the richest gal in Bass Texas you decide on the spur of the moment to have a garage sale and sell all the things you once thought were so very, very important to you.

Faith wakes up on the last day of 1999 confused and alone, knowing that to
Feb 25, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read
After deliberation, I am giving this book the 5 stars I truly feel it deserves. The beginning of the book did start out slow for me, as I was trying to wrap my head around someone selling their valuable belongings, their family keepsakes, for mere pennies. I wanted to shake her and make her stop! Then when her daughter arrived on the scene and didn't immediately put an end to the craziness...well I just couldn't get it. Dear reader, just keep reading!! You will come to understand the reasoning ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Hmm, this one is difficult to review. It is at times profound, a contemplation on how we as humans can get stuck emotionally because of things that have happened in life and from the sheer weight of our history. At other times, it is cliched, stereotypical in its portrayal of a small Texas town and its inhabitants. Two annoying things: the town's Episcopalian Priest, who is in his sixties, is repeatedly referred to as "old" (really?), and virtually every character has an epiphany at some point.
May 17, 2012 Deb-oh rated it it was amazing
I REALLY enjoyed this story of a woman's letting go of her possessions and finally her mind. A very sensitive look into the horrible illness, Alzhiemer's, and why we hold onto the things we do...including our resentments. Highly recommended!
Apr 26, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Viviane Crystal
Feb 14, 2013 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
“Doesn't the soul have a memory?...If not, what’s all this living for?” This is the key question Faith Bass Darling asks Father George Fallow, the local Episcopalian priest. For Faith has late stage Alzheimer’s disease and knows her mind is shutting on and off so regularly that she can’t discriminate between real conversations with old friends and neighbors and the “ghosts” she keeps seeing and conversing with. Faith was once a woman truly blessed or at least so she thought when she was younger. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it
I haven't enjoyed reading a book this much in months. It's almost a shame to have to write a review, but it certainly deserves to be shared and trumpted.

On December 31, 1999 God tells Faith Bass Darling, the richest woman in Bass Texas, to sell everything she owns, including her 40 priceless Tiffany lamps, because this is her last day on earth. Faith hasn't always paid much attention to the almighty, but since there's been a lot of hoopla and worry about the New Millenium coming tonite, she deci
Apr 06, 2012 P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from Goodreads and I loved it! While I expected a light, funny story, it is quite deep and thought-provoking. I was definitely moved by the unique narrative. Lynda Rutledge has fashioned a powerful tale through the development of amazing characters. Faith Bass Darling, facing the final stages of Alzheimer's and wanting "not to be dead before" she "dies," attempts to come to terms with her memories and to reconcile with her God on the final day of the millenium. She pulls along others ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
This story takes place over the course of just one day, which really surprised me when I thought about it. The narrative takes you back and forth between events that happened decades and even centuries apart, so it seems like it encompasses more than just one day. I thought it was amusing that the mythical book written by the main character in the book I just finished, "Objects of My Affection," was called 'Things Are Not People,' which could have served as the backdrop of this story, too. The ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
Our book club wanted a "fluff" book for a summer read and the title and front cover gave us the impression that this would be one. Not necessarily so. An old woman suffering with Alzhiemers decides to have a garage sale to sell the contents of her mansion on the eve of the millenium because God told her to do so. While the setting, the characters, and the writing make this a good read, the underlying family relationships and the main character's battle with Alzheimers make this a much more ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2012
Lynda Rutledge's debut novel, Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, is a fun, surprising read. Given the title and cover image, I expected her story to be light and funny, and while it was, it also had greater depth than anticipated. Through Faith Bass Darling, her daughter, her daughter's childhood friend, a deputy sheriff, and an Episcopal priest, Rutledge engages readers through the surface hilarity of small town life set against a far deeper background that examines grief, desire, ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Suffering from Alzheimer's, Faith Bass Darling awakens on the last day of the millenium after hearing God's voice telling her to sell all her possessions because it's her last day on earth. As she begins selling all her priceless antiques for pennies, chaos ensues in the small Texas town that has been ruled by her ancestors for more than 100 years.

This is a gem of a story about love, loss and redemption. One of the characters says, "We're just like the antiques. We grow old and get scarred and b
Maya Houston
May 07, 2012 Maya Houston rated it it was amazing
I sat next to Lynda, the author, at the recent Texas Library Association conference and, while I was given 5 books at the event went straight to this one. I read it in three sittings...and only because I HAD to go to sleep! Lynda has great character - and so does her book!

I loved the character development and the way that she used the antiques as characters in the book. It was an emotional journey, but not unpleasantly so! It is thoughtful and has great dialogue.
Angela Taylor
Mar 27, 2012 Angela Taylor rated it it was amazing
Faith, Claudia, John Jasper, and Father George Fallow spent the last 20 years reliving and regretting the previous 20 yrs. Faith is falling deeper and deeper into Alzheimers disease, constantly reliving the past and at the same time preparing for her death the she is certain will occur before the end of the day.
As each character remembers their story and connection to each other, a beautiful story emerges. It keeps you from putting the book down, needing to know how it will all end.
May 14, 2012 Bethany rated it liked it
This book asks an interesting there meaning without memory? Faith finds herself losing more and more due to Alzheimers and unbothered by what she has because she's forgotten what it means. This is a fun story about forgiving and forgetting (mostly forgetting), about endings and new beginnings.
May 03, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-picks
My f2f book club read this for our month of May selection. I was surprised that I enjoyed this story so much since the title left me with a very different impression. The story raises some thoughtful questions about family, aging, death, and reconciliation with ourselves and others. This is a good book group selection.
Jul 26, 2013 Roya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book to read on a long-haul flight, thinking it was going to be enjoyable fluff. It was enjoyable, funny, tragic, bittersweet, and thought-provoking, but it was not fluff. The book is gentle in its depth, but made me question myself about my relationship to things and memories, and our assumptions and versions of reality.
Jul 11, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
Hmmmm. So difficult to put into words how I felt. It was thought provoking, interesting, and the characters were well written. I can see how it would make for a great discussion with a group. Some books help you to escape while you read but this story taught me about myself.

An old woman suffering from dementia decides to sell everything she owns because she heard God telling her that she was going to die today and she needed to have a sale. This woman, Faith Bass Darling, lives in a mansion tha
Virginia Myers
Apr 02, 2013 Virginia Myers rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful surprise. I started it with the expectations of a frilly description of a woman holding a garage sale. Now having a garage sale can be a major undertaking – and I believe lots of tales could be developed using someone’s garage sale experiences as a focus. As I read this one, however, I did not find frills; instead I found what I think is a pot of philosophical gold. There were outstanding moments which made me laugh out loud as I found myself living through some moments ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: book club, contemporary, fiction, chiclit

As far as the townspeople are concerned, Faith Bass Darling has always had a perfect life. She lives in the largest mansion in town and comes from money, her hair always perfect, her outfits coordinated. However Faith knows that perfection on the outside might mean turmoil on the inside, her life has not been a fairy tale.

Faith Bass Darling, former Southern Belle, has lost her mind. She has determined that God has spoken to her and she must sell all of her family heirlooms in a garage sale toda
Feb 19, 2016 Watchingthewords rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, library, 2013
What do our possessions ultimately mean to us? Do they define us? What can be determined by examining the things that we love? What part do they play in our memories?

“You can know all about a person from the things they collect, the books on their shelves, the chairs in their parlor. … Let me into your house; I could write your life story.”

Faith Bass Darling wakes up one morning and gets a couple of neighborhood boys to carry all of her antiques, including countless genuine Tiffany lamps, out o
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Lynda Rutledge, a fifth-generation Texan, has petted baby rhinos, snorkeled with endangered turtles, and dodged hurricanes as a freelance journalist publishing in national and internationally publications, while winning awards for her fiction from Illinois Arts Council, Writers League of Texas, Ragdale Foundation, and Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. She and her husband live outside ...more
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