Book Reviews of Family Linen

Family Linen
Family Linen
Author: Lee Smith
ISBN-13: 9780345410603
ISBN-10: 0345410602
Publication Date: 8/27/1996
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Dirty family linen can be discovered in many ways. In this book it involves a memory relived through hypnosis, a funeral that brings a family together and the evacuation of a swimming pool on the site of an old well.

Loved this quote from The Chattanooga Times: "It can make you laugh, and it can make you cry. At times if can make you uneasy with the truth. No reader can ask for more than that."

Good, interesting book that keeps you involved until the very last page.
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this book is full of characters.If anyone thought this at their family was wacked read this book.
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Lee Smith writes of the Applachian Mountains and small southern towns and their people. This book is about a disfunctional family who is thrown back together after their mother dies, although the story begins earlier. It has murder, adultry, weak minded family members and all things entertaining. A funny book at times and sad at others. I did enjoy the book as I have all of Lee Smiths books.
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I found it confusing to keep track of how each character was related to the others.
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A childhood memory relived through hypnosis, the death of a mother, long held family secrets told by each of the main characters themselves and how they saw it. Well written southern gothic, with pathos and humor and the airing of dirty linen. Good character development, tho it was confusing at times as it jumped from character to character, sometimes without any preamble. It will definitely hold your interest up to the end.
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Well-written family saga.
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This book was entertaining and somewhat suspenseful. The artist shows true mastery in the way she defines each character's unique point of view and particular observations as the family members share a common experience.
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For anyone who has not encountered the work of Lee Smith in their reading, she is worth a read. I started with Oral Histry and loved it, and moved on to this book. Lee Smith is a Southern storyteller in the style of Flannery O'Conner or Carson McCullers.
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Boy Family Linen is right on. Everyone has some. Some dirtier than others. But keep digging and some can be real nasty. Some you may wish you never knew about. Great read. Funny, engaging, suspenseful and full of life.
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Good story of a family that has every character you can think of all related. Family secrets come out, family drama ensues and all comes together.
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I just couldn't get into this book.
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Mine has a different cover.