Fair and Tender Ladies
Ivy Rowe, Virginia mountain girl, then wife, mother, and finally "Mawmaw," never strays far from her home-but the letters she writes take her across the country and over the ocean. Writing "to hold onto what's passing," she tells stories that are rich with the life of Appalachia in words that are colloquial, often misspelled, but always beautiful.
From childhood, when teac...more
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...more
Re-read June 28, 2009
There's not a...more
I'd recommend this for people who feel like even normal life is a nonstop adventure but that someti...more
And, by the way,
Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle are the authors whose work was adapted in 'Good "...more
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.
Lou is the primary muse of this novel, as I remember it. Lee Smith had many conversations with her. Lee Smith was the fire under getting Lou to publish, too - having discovered her in a writing workshop. Lee provides the introduction to Sweet Hollow.
So they had a great artistic connection. Lou is an amazing writer in her own r...more
At a time in her life she wrote, "It is clear to...more
As Ivy Rowe begins to write letters at the age of 12, her Appalachian home in Sugar Fork seems completely shrouded and sheltered from the outside world. Her family is high up in the mountains, away from everything the world can offer - good education, good medicine, etc.
As she grows old, it seems in her letters like the backwoods, faraway quality of the Appalachians...more
On 7/20/11 I received the following email from our local public library, Crandall Library in Glens Falls:
Crandall Public Library presents the free theatrical program:
Barbara Bates Smith in "Ivy Rowe"
Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room
"The spunky mountain woman character from the novel Fair and Tender Ladies, Ivy Rowe (portrayed by Barbara Bates Smith) takes us, in a flashback, through her life of “livin’ on love.” With a sensuous...more
Anyway, this is an epistolary novel. It begins by chronicling the life of Ivy Rowe, a girl living in...more
And Margie's answer simply was, "Read it and you'll see."
Never one to shirk a challenge, especially one from a Scots/Cherokee who's been a guiding light in life to me since, yup, the day we met at a lil' litfest in Florida in 1977, I picked it up, began.
And stand amazed, to this day, that anybody could carry off, in letter for...more
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...more
Ivy is spunky and smart, one of nine siblings living with her parents on a mountain farm in Sugar Fork,...more
FAIR AND TENDER LADIES chronicles the life of IVY, written in letters spanning the decades of her life,(beginning as a small child) to her various loved ones. They are written in Appalachian dialect and sometimes, I had to read it again to make certain I got the meaning.
The book paints a portrait (a very accurate portrait) of life in rural West V...more
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...more
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...more
The sense of place infusing her...more