Fair and Tender Ladies

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Fair and Tender Ladies
Author Lee Smith
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback)
ISBN 0-399-13382-8
OCLC 18315757
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3569.M5376 F28 1988
Preceded by Family Linen
Followed by Me and My Baby View the Eclipse

Fair and Tender Ladies is a novel by Lee Smith published in 1988. It won the W.D. Weatherford Award that year.[1] Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel consisting entirely of letters written by its protagonist, Ivy Rowe, to numerous recipients from her childhood until her old age. It is set mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains and covers events from shortly before World War I until the Vietnam era. The novel garnered much critical acclaim and has been adapted for the stage, including a musical version for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.


  1. ^ "Weatherford Award". Berea College. 2009. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2015.