Laura Lee Smith’s first book, Heart of Palm was praised for her “intelligence, heart, wit” by Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls. Smith returns to the Library to speak about her new book releasing December 5th—The Ice House. Readers will not soon forget this vibrant portrait of multifaceted characters. She captures the urgency of reconnecting with a loved one when time seems to be slipping away.
Her short fiction was selected by guest editor T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015 and by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010. Her work has also appeared in New England Review, The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou, and other journals, and she is a frequent contributor to Swamp Radio. She works as an advertising copywriter.
The Ice House follows the beleaguered MacKinnons as they weather the possible loss of the family business, a serious medical diagnosis, and the slings and arrows of familial discord. It firmly establishes Laura as a gifted voice in American fiction.
Laura Lee Smith lives in St. Augustine. She’ll travel over to Gainesville on Sunday, January 7 to the Headquarters Branch at 2:30 to discuss her new book.
This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.