From Ivy Rowe S Birth On Blue Star Mountain, Her Life Is Full Of Passion And Longing As She Writes Letters To Family And Friends Ivy S Talent As A Budding Writer Is Recognized Early On, But Just As She Is About To Realize Her Dream Of Going North To School, She Is Betrayed By Her Passionate Nature Facing An Unwed Pregnancy And Publicly Admonished For Her Sins, Ivy Marries A Childhood Friend Who Takes Her Back To The Family Homestead, Where She Bears Several Children And Endures The Endless Toil Of A Farmer S Wife Through Her Trials Ivy Holds Firm, Knowing That Her Life Will Hold Happiness One Day
Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia, nine year old Lee Smith was already writing and selling, for a nickel apiece stories about her neighbors in the coal boomtown of Grundy and the nearby isolated hollers Since 1968, she has published eleven novels, as well as three collections of short stories, and has received many writing awards.The sense of place infusing her novels reveals her insight into and empathy for the people and culture of Appalachia Lee Smith was born in 1944 in Grundy, Virginia, a small coal mining town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not 10 miles from the Kentucky border The Smith home sat on Main Street, and the Levisa River ran just behind it Her mother, Virginia, was a college graduate who had come to Grundy to teach school Her father, Ernest, a native of the area, operated a dime store And it was in that store that Smith s training as a writer began Through a peephole in the ceiling of the store, Smith would watch and listen to the shoppers, paying close attention to the details of how they talked and dressed and what they said I didn t know any writers, Smith says, but I grew up in the midst of people just talking and talking and talking and telling these stories My Uncle Vern, who was in the legislature, was a famous storyteller, as were others, including my dad It was very local I mean, my mother could make a story out of anything she d go to the grocery store and come home with a story Smith describes herself as a deeply weird child She was an insatiable reader When she was 9 or 10, she wrote her first story, about Adlai Stevenson and Jane Russell heading out west together to become Mormons and embodying the very same themes, Smith says, that concern her even today You know, religion and flight, staying in one place or not staying, containment or flight and religion From Lee Smith s official website.
- 316 pages
- Fair and Tender Ladies
- Lee Smith
- 03 November 2017 Lee Smith