Lynda Rutledge

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Lynda Rutledge at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

"My name is Faith Bass Darling… Today is… December 31, 1999." When we lose our memories, do we lose our life as well? After hearing God’s voice in the middle of the night, Southern aristocrat Faith Bass Darling decides to wake up and have a garage sale of all her family heirlooms, worth thousands of dollars, because "she won’t be dead before she dies." Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale looks like it’s superficial chick lit, but debut writer Lynda Rutledge tackles the tough questions: Does sentimental value overpower monetary value? Do you ever really lose faith or just misplace it? Can Claudia Jean, Faith’s long lost daughter, mend the rift between them with her Zen riddles? In an unmistakable Southern voice, Rutledge manages to capture the life of a small Southern town and all its vivid personalities. We meet those who are alarmed that Faith is selling (or almost giving away) valuables and those who want to rescue her. With the ticking of the clock as the end of the day approaches and a new millennium begins, the whole town reevaluates their roles in greater Bass, Texas. Rutledge is a fifth-generation Texan who brilliantly captures the cadences and nuances of small-town life. Her work has appeared in national and international publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Poets & Writers. Her fiction has won fellowships and awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the Writers’ League of Texas, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. She and her husband live outside of Austin.

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