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The Last Girls

The Last Girls

(2002)
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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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Hardback Editions

December 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: The Last Girls (Basic)
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 0786247347 / 9780786247349 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: The Last Girls (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 1565123638 / 9781565123632 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: The Last Girls (Smith, Lee)
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 1565124057 / 9781565124059 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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Paperback Editions

September 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Last Girls: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 0345464958 / 9780345464958 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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2003 : Australia Paperback
Title: The Last Girls: a Novel
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 073361776X / 9780733617768 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Hodder Headline
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

October 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Last Girls
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 1565117018 / 9781565117013 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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August 2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Last Girls
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 1565117026 / 9781565117020 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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2002 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Last Girls
Author(s):

Publisher: Recorded Books
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2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Last Girls
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 1402525125 / 9781402525124 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Last Girls
Author(s): Lee Smith
ISBN: 1402578067 / 9781402578069 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2002 : USA, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Last Girls (Smith, Lee)
Author(s): Lee Smith

Publisher: Shannon Ravenel Books
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August 2002 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Last Girls (Smith, Lee)
Author(s): Lee Smith

Publisher: A Shannon Ravenel Book
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