Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has been working as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University and is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South,-1835. She lives in New Orleans.
Katy Simpson Smith recommends
Some Go Home (2020)
"Some Go Home reckons with blood ties, buried secrets, and the poisons of possession, reminding us that race and class sit inside each other, in permanent headlock. This is staccato realism; these sentences pop in the mouth like blackberries. 'You needed lies to make memory, ' one character cautions. To make fiction you need truth, and Lindsey offers it here in crystalline quantity."
The Great Mistake (2021)
"Like Denis Johnson's Train Dreams and John Williams' Stoner, Jonathan Lee peels back a forgotten layer of history to investigate longing and loneliness in the shape of a single man. The Great Mistake joins the ranks of Sarah Perry's novels, and Colm Tóibín's The Master, in lighting up the past, recreating Old New York--like Francis Spufford's Golden Hill--with an exuberance that transcends mere history. It is a remarkable book, a herculean construction that will prove lasting."
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