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The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith
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Oct 14, 2009

it was ok
Read in December, 1999

Read for Evening Edition Book Club 12/1999 & Southern Voices 12/2006
Another book club selection, one that I read many years ago, but each reading brings new insights. This is a Christmas rendering by three generations of women, starting with Birdie in the 1940's, and ending with Birdie's granddaughter, Melanie, in 1996. All the women are living in the South, basically NC. I like the history of times: the wars, love, children, infidelity, hardship, and the everyday living. The men are all secondary characters, we just glimpse their existence. The thought that bothers me, is that the families do not seem to get together for the holidays--why?? Also, the women seem to blindly accept what the husband decides, they seem to lack spirit. Still a fun holiday read.
Read for Evening Edition 12/2009

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