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BB/Ballantine Books Visit the Ballantine Reader’s Circle Web site at ww. nothing less than masterly. "The "Dallas Morning News " GENIAL, THOUGHTFUL, FUNNY NOVEL, WRITTEN WITH THE WIT AND ASSURANCE OF A BORN STORYTELLER. "The Hartford Courant "RICH AND DELICIOUS. The story of four women.

Girls is about as close to perfect as a novel gets. Its prose is clean and strong but never advertises its own quiet brilliance, its characters are sharply defined and irresistible, and its plot is suspenseful enough to keep you up until dawn. From the makings of an all-too-common evening-news item, Busch has fashioned a novel of considerable weight and dimension

Lee Smith is the author of nine previous novels as well as three collections of stories. Her ninth novel, The Last Girls, was a New York Times bestseller as well as co-winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

Lee Smith is the author of nine previous novels as well as three collections of stories. The 50 Most Popular Purebred Dog Breeds: Dog Dreeds.

At its heart, this is a book about how we never quite outgrow the past, even after plenty of chances to do otherwise.

Thirty-five years before. At its heart, this is a book about how we never quite outgrow the past, even after plenty of chances to do otherwise. Manufacturer: Ballantine Books Release date: 30 September 2003 ISBN-10 : 0345464958 ISBN-13: 9780345464958.

THE LAST GIRLS is wonderful reading It's Girls A-Go-Go Down the Mississippi read the headline in the Paducah .

THE LAST GIRLS is wonderful reading. It's also wonderfully revealing of women's lives-of the idea of romance, of the relevance of past to present, of memory and desire. It's Girls A-Go-Go Down the Mississippi read the headline in the Paducah, Kentucky, paper. Thirty-five years later, four of those "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. Revered for her powerful female characters, here Lee Smith tells a brilliantly authoritative story of how college pals who grew up in an era when they were still called "girls" have negotiated life as "women. Harriet Holding is a hesitant teacher who has never married (she can't explain why, even to herself).

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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Girls: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle). Frederick Busch's 18th work of fiction, Girls, is a novel whose roots lie buried in an earlier short story. In "Ralph the Duck," Busch introduced Jack and Franny, a young couple trying to recover from the recent death of their baby daughter. In Girls Busch expands Jack and Franny's lives beyond this single personal tragedy to encompass a greater loss: the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl, daughter of the town minister and his dying wife, from the community.

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The last girls : a novel. The last girls : a novel. by. Smith, Lee, 1944-. A Shannon Ravenel book. Thirty-five years after a trip down the Mississippi on a raft with their classmates, four women are reunited to cruise the river once again where they plan to release the ashes of a fellow rafter, Margaret "Baby" Ballou. no toc,spread shot 2x.

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Published September 30th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002). 0345464958 (ISBN13: 9780345464958).

On a beautiful June day in 1965, a dozen girls-classmates at a picturesque Blue Ridge women's college-launched their homemade raft (inspired by Huck Finn's) on a trip down the Mississippi. It's Girls A-Go-Go Down the Mississippi read the headline in the Paducah, Kentucky, paper.Thirty-five years later, four of those "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. This time it's on the luxury steamboat, The Belle of Natchez, and there's no publicity. This time, when they reach New Orleans, they'll give the river the ashes of a fifth rafter-beautiful Margaret ("Baby") Ballou.Revered for her powerful female characters, here Lee Smith tells a brilliantly authoritative story of how college pals who grew up in an era when they were still called "girls" have negotiated life as "women." Harriet Holding is a hesitant teacher who has never married (she can't explain why, even to herself). Courtney Gray struggles to step away from her Southern Living-style life. Catherine Wilson, a sculptor, is suffocating in her happy third marriage. Anna Todd is a world-famous romance novelist escaping her own tragedies through her fiction. And finally there is Baby, the girl they come to bury-along with their memories of her rebellions and betrayals.THE LAST GIRLS is wonderful reading. It's also wonderfully revealing of women's lives-of the idea of romance, of the relevance of past to present, of memory and desire.

The Last Girls: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) epub download

ISBN13: 978-0345464958

ISBN: 0345464958

Author: Lee Smith

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (September 30, 2003)

Pages: 432 pages

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Rating: 4.8

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one life
I read The Last Girls for book club. I found the story line very nostalgic as 3 ladies (about 50 or 60) meet again after many years to take a cruise down the mighty Mississippi to say goodbye to a 4th lady who had passed. If you liked stories or movies like How to Make an American Quilt you'll enjoy this one. I enjoyed it for the simplicity of it. The fact that these 3 friends could put aside whatever differences & get together to say good bye to a 4th spoke to me. As in nostalgic movies & books it flashes back & forth between present day & the past of these ladies. Doing so in an attempt to share both in detail but I felt it left the reader feeling shorted as well as leaving many questions unanswered. Only 3 girls went on this farewell trip however there were 4 more. These other 4 lives were mentioned briefly during the book when it spoke of the first trip down the Mississippi but then not again until the afterwards. If these characters were so nonessential why mention them at all? It also never says why the 4 ladies fell apart except to say they got busy, which seems like a cop out. There is some reason as to why they fell out with the lady who passed, but not why they fell out with each other. It also leaves you hanging as to if they kept in touch afterwards or what happened in their personal lives after this trip. It was just a snippet in their lives a brief here you go. It wasn't a terrible read I believe the story line was just not thought out enough & while it had similarities to nostalgic movies & books it didn't quite make the cut.
one life
I read The Last Girls for book club. I found the story line very nostalgic as 3 ladies (about 50 or 60) meet again after many years to take a cruise down the mighty Mississippi to say goodbye to a 4th lady who had passed. If you liked stories or movies like How to Make an American Quilt you'll enjoy this one. I enjoyed it for the simplicity of it. The fact that these 3 friends could put aside whatever differences & get together to say good bye to a 4th spoke to me. As in nostalgic movies & books it flashes back & forth between present day & the past of these ladies. Doing so in an attempt to share both in detail but I felt it left the reader feeling shorted as well as leaving many questions unanswered. Only 3 girls went on this farewell trip however there were 4 more. These other 4 lives were mentioned briefly during the book when it spoke of the first trip down the Mississippi but then not again until the afterwards. If these characters were so nonessential why mention them at all? It also never says why the 4 ladies fell apart except to say they got busy, which seems like a cop out. There is some reason as to why they fell out with the lady who passed, but not why they fell out with each other. It also leaves you hanging as to if they kept in touch afterwards or what happened in their personal lives after this trip. It was just a snippet in their lives a brief here you go. It wasn't a terrible read I believe the story line was just not thought out enough & while it had similarities to nostalgic movies & books it didn't quite make the cut.
Madi
This is my first book by Lee Smith and I enjoyed it immensely. It was thoughtful and entertaining and the characters were well formed, interesting and entirely believable. The book goes between the past and present and is told through the eyes of several characters. The movement between characters and time periods was seamless and easy to follow. I had to put the book down many times to deal with day to day life, but could hardly wait to get back every time.

My one regret about the book, the reason I am not giving this five stars is that the ending was extremely abrupt. It felt unfinished. I don't need an ending to be neatly tied with a bow. But this ending was so abrupt that I felt entirely unsettled. Looking back and fourth at the last pages I kept thinking, what did I miss? Then, there was a totally odd wrapping up of lesser characters who were barely mentioned throughout.

I will read another book by the author though because I so enjoyed this one right up to the "end."
Madi
This is my first book by Lee Smith and I enjoyed it immensely. It was thoughtful and entertaining and the characters were well formed, interesting and entirely believable. The book goes between the past and present and is told through the eyes of several characters. The movement between characters and time periods was seamless and easy to follow. I had to put the book down many times to deal with day to day life, but could hardly wait to get back every time.

My one regret about the book, the reason I am not giving this five stars is that the ending was extremely abrupt. It felt unfinished. I don't need an ending to be neatly tied with a bow. But this ending was so abrupt that I felt entirely unsettled. Looking back and fourth at the last pages I kept thinking, what did I miss? Then, there was a totally odd wrapping up of lesser characters who were barely mentioned throughout.

I will read another book by the author though because I so enjoyed this one right up to the "end."
Daizil
I couldn't wait to start this book, because I went to college in the south during the mid-60's and have maintained several precious friendships from that time. I really expected this to be a book that I could enthusiastically recommend to my friends. However, the story doesn't warrant Lee Smith's writing skill. Her characters do not fulfill the expectation one has when the book begins. They are one-dimensional women who do little to inspire the reader. I kept reading, hoping for the best, but in the end was left unsatisfied--having to tolerate several episodes of valueless profanity along the way. It rambles and comes across as disjointed, perhaps an attempt at too many things.
Daizil
I couldn't wait to start this book, because I went to college in the south during the mid-60's and have maintained several precious friendships from that time. I really expected this to be a book that I could enthusiastically recommend to my friends. However, the story doesn't warrant Lee Smith's writing skill. Her characters do not fulfill the expectation one has when the book begins. They are one-dimensional women who do little to inspire the reader. I kept reading, hoping for the best, but in the end was left unsatisfied--having to tolerate several episodes of valueless profanity along the way. It rambles and comes across as disjointed, perhaps an attempt at too many things.
Landaron
This is my daughter-in-law's favorite book. The author, Lee Smith, graduated from Hollins College in Virginia and apparently fashioned her mythical college after Hollins, which is also where my daughter-in-law attended. It's the story of several women who were friends while in school. They rode a raft down the Mississippi during their time at the college, and try to relive that special moment in their lives by taking a trip on a Mississippi steamboat many years later. Unfortunately, it brings back some buried memories for a few of them, bringing sadness to some and an epiphany to at least one.
Landaron
This is my daughter-in-law's favorite book. The author, Lee Smith, graduated from Hollins College in Virginia and apparently fashioned her mythical college after Hollins, which is also where my daughter-in-law attended. It's the story of several women who were friends while in school. They rode a raft down the Mississippi during their time at the college, and try to relive that special moment in their lives by taking a trip on a Mississippi steamboat many years later. Unfortunately, it brings back some buried memories for a few of them, bringing sadness to some and an epiphany to at least one.
Gadar
The book was an easy rainy day read but a little disappointing. The women's back-stories really didn't connect me with their journey. I was expecting more of a look back at their journey down the Mississippi on a raft when they were girls and more of an insight into how they felt about the reunion to journey again down the river to say goodbye to their raft mate that died. If the author was trying to convey that women are always girls and struggle with finding peace in accepting the turns their lives have taken with regrets that they are not quite what they thought they would be, the characters are a bit to shallow for the reader to invest in their disappointments.
Gadar
The book was an easy rainy day read but a little disappointing. The women's back-stories really didn't connect me with their journey. I was expecting more of a look back at their journey down the Mississippi on a raft when they were girls and more of an insight into how they felt about the reunion to journey again down the river to say goodbye to their raft mate that died. If the author was trying to convey that women are always girls and struggle with finding peace in accepting the turns their lives have taken with regrets that they are not quite what they thought they would be, the characters are a bit to shallow for the reader to invest in their disappointments.
Joony
I hardly ever read a book twice, but when I do it is by Lee Smith. Among the splendidly written characters in this book Harriet is my favorite. For some reason the heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McCullers came to mind regarding Harriett as I finished the book. Marshall L Dell
Joony
I hardly ever read a book twice, but when I do it is by Lee Smith. Among the splendidly written characters in this book Harriet is my favorite. For some reason the heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McCullers came to mind regarding Harriett as I finished the book. Marshall L Dell
Small Black
This is a very profound book. The author weaves the story around women, their choices, hopes and dreams. It gets into the heart of the "60s, from a Southern prospective. The characters are well developed and realistic. Very well written!
Small Black
This is a very profound book. The author weaves the story around women, their choices, hopes and dreams. It gets into the heart of the "60s, from a Southern prospective. The characters are well developed and realistic. Very well written!
Lee Smith always pulls me into her story. Like I'm a character who has no lines but remains an important part of each scene.
Fabulous!
Lee Smith always pulls me into her story. Like I'm a character who has no lines but remains an important part of each scene.
Fabulous!