The Last Girls are a group of coeds, inspired by Huck Finn, who traveled the Mississippi on a raft in 1965. Now four of them have reunited on a luxurious steamboat to cruise the river again. As they look back over the past 30 years, each one contemplates their shared past in light of their present lives.
©2002 Lee Smith; (P)2002 Recorded Books
A little disjointed. I liked the idea, and the story line of each character, but the way it was presented was confusing. And the postscript at the end was highly unnecessary. Overall, though, it was a nice story.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
Not from Lee Smith; the writing was adequate at best. The concept promised more than it delivered.
The End of the Affair
The account of Catherine's mother.
Not many. The characters were only partially drawn. With the exception of Catherine's overarching regret, I never did get any sense of the characters' motivations.
My favorite character was Baby, because she lived out loud.
I loved the depth of feeling she conveyed, which evoked vivid pictures in my mind of the places described, and also what the characters looked like.
If you like Southern writers, put this book on your list, but only listen to it with Linda Stephens as the performer or you will be disappointed.
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