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Family Linen Paperback – August 27, 1996
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The final chapter of the book is anticlimactic, reminding one of the "evil" Darth Vader in "Star Wars" posing for a heart-warming family photo. Perhaps the best explanation of such a (seemingly) happy ending, is that Lee Smith, writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek, ironically tells us that the denizens of Booker Creek, although attending a family reunion and a beautiful wedding, haven't really changed--and indeed won't change.
Another character says, "You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family." And another character muses about "this old gaggle of disparate family members teetering here on the brink of the past." This distressingly dysfunctional family is, in the philosopher's words, "human, all-too-human," and only an incurable optimist would be assured that, as Shakespeare put it, "all's well that ends well."
Anything by Lee Smith is worth reading; she is one of the best writers of the Southern genre. Her characters are well-drawn and, while not always commendable, are consistently fascinating and entertaining. I would have given "Family Linen" five stars, except for the disappointing concluding chapter. However, as Nietzsche once said, "There are no facts, only interpretations." If the last chapter is viewed as irony, rather than anticlimactic "fizzle," one might interpret the ending as sheer genius!
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