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The Last Girls
The Last Girls | Lee Smith
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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.
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megnews
The Last Girls | Lee Smith
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Today‘s prompt, #SummerGirls, made me think of this cover. Southern fiction is one of my favorite genres and I really enjoy Lee Smith.

OriginalCyn620 Awesome cover! ❤️😎 1mo
Freespirit I agree...great cover! 1mo
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lynneamch
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The man getting unloaded in the Easy died of a heart attack.This isn't a spoiler as he's barely incidental to the story. It's a good read, where four women take a cruise down the Mississippi river, recalling the 34 years since they first travelled the route as college students on a raft. Google doesn't provide a definitive answer why New Orleans is called The Big Easy, but it does seem to fit somehow.
#QuotsyNov18 @TK-421 #easy #currentlyreading

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emilygatlin
The Last Girls | Lee Smith
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Rereading an old favorite! It's been almost 15 years. 😱

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ErinC
The Last Girls | Lee Smith
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#shadesofblue. I think I know Jodi Picoult's favorite color. #somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge. @RealLifeReading

Graciouswarriorprincess Love her!😍 3y
DebinHawaii Great stack! 💙📘 3y
Linsy Lol, great books! 3y
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k.reads
The Last Girls | Lee Smith
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Here's a book set in college for this week's #funfridayphoto. A group of friends who had taken a raft trip down the Mississippi River as college students in the 1960s have gathered for a reunion trip, this time on a riverboat. The book flashes back and forward in time, revealing the sometimes dark history of the women's friendships over the years. A great story about growing up.

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k.reads
The Last Girls | Lee Smith

Here's a book set in college for this week's #funfridayphoto. A group of friends who had taken a raft trip down the Mississippi River as college students in the 1960s have gathered for a reunion trip, this time on a riverboat. The book flashes back and forward in time, revealing the sometimes dark history of the women's friendships over the years. A great story about growing up.