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Fair and Tender Ladies
A man appears. It is not an entire man He also reflects on the writing of artists as celebrated as Henry James and Eudora Welty and as little known as the American Indian author James Welch. He gives nodding attention and one formidable essay to "formative heroes "-Flaubert, Tolstoy, Hardy, and John Milton and suggests how they contribute to forming the children of his spirit. And although his mind has roamed vast territories, North Carolina is the heart's home of Reynolds Price.
What a lovely review! I had never even heard of this writer before, but I shall certainly be looking out for her work now. Thank you so much for this! I have to admit, I had to look up "epistolary novel". I've never read one of these before. Is this a good book to start with? Glad I did!
Jul 05, ISBN From childhood, when teachers encouraged her gift for language, to her rebellious teenage years when she swore against motherhood-only to then become a mother-and on through life, Ivy writes with insight, honesty, and a passion for living that is sure to be infectious. By following the chronology of these letters we observe your wonderful heroine, Ivy Rowe, as she moves from childhood to old age. Did you know from the beginning that this novel would cover an entire life? And what do you think this form offers to the reader that a standard first person narrative would not? I had long wanted to write a novel that would honor the heroic lives of the older mountain women I have known—strong, vital women who lived life to the fullest despite their limitations of poverty, lack of education, and lots of children.
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