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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale

2013 Writers League of Texas Novel of the Year


Now a 2019 major French motion picture starring Catherine Deneuve

"On millennium New Year's Eve,
after a midnight revelation from God,
Faith Bass Darling had a garage sale..."


Selected Praise


"Oh, this book, a first novel by Texas journalist Lynda Rutledge, is a good one, full of thoughtfulness, staying power, and a touch of other-worldliness. --BOOK PAGE


"A debut novel snatched up by the editor of such favorites as Kathryn Stockett's The Help, so watch...a fun yet thoughtful read, which would make it great for reading groups." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"An enthralling Sunday read..."  SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE


"Reminiscent of early works of Larry McMurtry and Edward Swift...in her wry and witty voice, Rutledge has given the tale, if not greater power, at least a contemporary twist...Adept at gently mocking the small-mindedness of small towns and celebrating the expansiveness of small-town souls, the author crafts a tale of love, identity, and redemption—not to mention some killer discount shopping." —THE TEXAS OBSERVER


"Power, love, and loss in a very Texas story..."  —NPR MORNING EDITION, KUT.org



"I can't remember when I've enjoyed a first novel so much. Eerie, charming, and heart breaking at the same time, Rutledge's novel is a triumph.--W. P. (Bill) Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe (basis for classic film "Field of Dreams")

"Put a sticker on this one; it's a keeper. With a big Texas heart, Lynda Rutledge writes of second chances, redemption, what we truly own and what we must release in this spectacular novel."-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and the Valentine series

"It's been a long time since I've read anything that let me be a reader again, but this book did it for me. It's a joy to read. I loved every page. Lynda Rutledge has a wonderful, fresh Southern voice to go with her talent, and I predict she'll go far. Treat yourself to this luminous, enchanting story."-Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author, The Red Hat Society

"Oh, my God, this novel is GOOD!! I knew the idea was INSPIRED but I didn't dream what Rutledge could do with words. It knocked my socks off, and that doesn't happen often!" -Jenny Wingfield, screenwriter and author of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

"A small-town novel that asks the big questions of life. When Faith Bass Darling is called to sell all her belongings on what she believes to be her last day on earth, she changes the lives of the townspeople around her…and she'll change yours, as well." -Tiffany Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

"Paints a colorful portrait of a larger than life Texas matron." —Publishers Weekly

"This book is a tremendous achievement. You won't want it to end...." —Elizabeth Stuckey-French, author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

"...Readers can't help but fall in love with Faith even as their hearts break for her."
—Bermuda Onion book blogger


"If you're a reader with a love of finely honed literary novels, this is the book I would recommend to you. It is strikingly forceful yet oddly gentle, and I recommend it highly." —Raging Bibliomania book blogger


"...the type of book that makes you assess your life."  —Beth Fish Read book blogger

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