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The Last Girls
The Last Girls
Author: Lee Smith
In the brisk and readable The Last Girls, acclaimed Southern writer Lee Smith reunites four college suitemates on a boat tour of the mighty Mississippi. Thirty-five years before, inspired by reading Twain's Huckleberry Finn in class (a detail not nearly revisited enough), the women floated down the same river on a man made raft; now they are gat...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345464958
ISBN-10: 0345464958
Publication Date: 9/30/2003
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 179 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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This book was "OK". I enjoyed getting to know the characters, which I thought were a little odd, but it sort of left me wanting to know more, as if something was missing. Not one of my most favorite reads, but it's an interesting story of old friends looking back at the past, and we see how their lives turned out after many years.
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I couldn't get into this book and only made it through the first 3 chapters.
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Rich and delicious....the story of four women....years ago, they were girls, not women---the last generation of American females to be called "girls"---who traveled down the Mississippi River...on a makeshift raft while they were on summer vacation...There were twelve of them on that rip; now there are these four, brought together by tragedy. One of their classmates...has died in an automobile wreck (was it really an accident?), and her husband has asked the old friends to re-create the river journey and scatter her ashes at the mouth of the Mississippi...It's a reunion of classmates with all of the in-between revealed in intimate detail, as only a skilled and classy storyteller can do it.
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Chic lit through and through...old college chums of a certain age going on a reunion cruise on an old-style river boat, renewing old friendships,new adventures, walking down memory is a good one.
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Some reviewers instruct the new reader to sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. That being said, the author gives us a bit of a look at the bond of women who define themselves as friends to each other with the fierce loyalty and frank honesty long-time women friends have for each other
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This is a semi-autobiographical novel with many similarities to the author's own past. Four women take a paddlewheel cruise down the Mississippi to scatter the ashes of one of their former classmates. The cruise repeats in part a raft trip taken thirty years ago by these women plus several others. The story goes between now (1990's) & back then. The characters are fully drawn, and the story shows the 60's lifestyle. There is a surprising amount of humor in some scenes. Some readers may enjoy looking back at 1966 & compare their lives with these women.
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This book was selected for one of our book club reads. Normally I would this book was not the best for me and my reading type, however for a book club read I think it was a success. We enjoyed breaking down the characters and discussing plot. Overall I'm glad we picked this.