The Last Girls
centers around four middle-aged Southern women who, as students at an idyllic
Blue Ridge women’s college thirty years before, were inspired by Huckleberry
Finn to take their own raft trip down the Mississippi River. Now a tragedy
brings them back together for a repeat voyage under very different
circumstances—aboard a luxurious cruise steamboat. Through this framework,
which can be seen as a modern-day rendition of Mary McCarthy’s The Group, Smith explores the nature of
romance, the relationship between life and fiction, the relevance of the past
to the present, and the unexpected course of women’s lives.
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