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Lee Smith

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Lee Smith is the author of eleven novels, including Oral History, Saving Grace, The Devil's Dream, and Fair and Tender Ladies, plus three collections of short stories. Her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as a winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. A retired professor of English at North Carolina State University, Lee received an Academy Award in Fiction from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. Her new novel On Agate Hill was published in October 2006.

Genres: Literary Fiction, General Fiction
Anthology series
Conjunctions (with Martine Bellen and Bradford Morrow)
   29. Tributes (1997)
   The Last Day The Dogbushes Bloomed (1968)
   Black Mountain Breakdown (1980)
   Oral History (1983)
   Family Linen (1985)
   Fair and Tender Ladies (1988)
   Devil's Dream (1992)
   Fancy Strut (1993)
   Saving Grace (1995)
   The Last Girls (2002)
   On Agate Hill (2006)
   Guests on Earth (2013)
   Silver Alert (2023)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Christmas Letters (1996)
   Blue Marlin (2020)
Non fiction
   Dimestore (2016)
Lee Smith recommends
Old Crimes (2024)
Jill McCorkle
"Each story here is so carefully wrought yet wildly original at the same time, deeply wedded to the real world in all its complexity and detail. It seems to me that each one contains an entire life---and often, a whole novel. What a beautiful book."
The Last of What I Am (2023)
Abigail Cutter
"A searing, brilliant, moving, and utterly original Civil War novel, told by the guilt-ravaged Virginia infantryman Tom Smiley whose own war never ended--at least not until a young couple move into his now-historic childhood home and start renovating . . . . A stirring meditation on guilt and redemption."
Lark Ascending (2022)
Silas House
"Just astonishing . . . Terrifying, moving, beautiful, instructive, and haunting. I have never been more deeply moved by a novel."
The Sky Club (2022)
Terry Roberts
"Ever since Terry Roberts took up writing about his ancestors in Western North Carolina, he has produced a remarkably varied and valuable shelf of novels . . . but The Sky Club is the best one yet! Wildly original, this is a truly Appalachian novel all about money, sex, drinking, and the Great Depression . . . along with the more familiar themes of place and family. I especially admire the apparent ease with which Roberts has created the tough, true, funny, and unforgettable Jo Salter, an independent pistol of a woman who tells this lively tale set in a speakeasy on top of a mountain."
Run, Rose, Run (2022)
Dolly Parton and James Patterson
"Dolly Parton is the beating heart and yearning soul of this amazing novel. Enter James Patterson, who knows how to grab a reader by the threat, kick up the suspense, and move a novel along better than anybody else in the world."
The Promise of the Pelican (2022)
Roy Hoffman
"Roy Hoffman has written a fast-paced, mesmerizing and incredibly moving contemporary novel about human and civil rights."

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