Harriet Holding is a hesitant teacher who never married. Courtney Gray yearns to step away from her Southern Living-style life. Catherine Wilson, a sculptor, is a world-famous romance novelist who escapes her personal tragedies through her fiction. And finally, there's "Baby", the girl they have come to bury - along with their memories of her rebellions and betrayals.
Beloved throughout the South for her powerful female characters, author Lee Smith tells a rich, imaginative story about the nature of romance, the relationship between life and fiction, the relevance of the past to the present, and the unexpected course of women's lives.
©2002 Lee Smith; (P)2002 HighBridge Company
"A bittersweet comedy with a fine sharp edge." (Kirkus)
"An honest portrait of intelligent, well-rounded Southerners is always refreshing, and The Last Girls delivers." (USA Today)
"The Big Chill meets Huckleberry Finn in a moving novel inspired by a real-life episode." (Publishers Weekly)
I hated myself for liking this so much. It's pink cotton candy, puffy, full of air and too sweet, but enjoyable nonetheless. Sure the characters are caricatures. The cliches fly like bats out of a cave. But it's really a lot of fun and easy to follow.
I'd have enjoyed this more if the reader had paused for breath occasionally. You'd think she wrote with no punctuation at all, much less in chapters! Other than 12 hours of non-stop dialog, the story is light but enjoyable "chick-lit" for the boomer generation.
I had a hard time finishing this book. I feel it just dragged on. I kept waiting for it to end instead of enjoying the stories.
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