Utina, Florida. Sound familiar?

laura lee smithSt. Augustine author Laura Lee Smith whose debut novel Heart of Palm just won Florida Book Awards’ Silver Medal, will be coming to the Millhopper Branch Monday, April 14 at 7:00. Set in a small town north of St. Augustine, Smith creates a vivid sense of place and thoughtfully drawn characters. You can feel the decay of old Florida as the promise and dread of developers casts a shadow over the story. 

Heart of Palm even has a scene set at a University of Florida football game. “‘Go Gators!’ Dean shouted...Arla had rolled her eyes at the outburst, but then she smiled.  They loaded up in the old Chevy Impala, Dean and the three boys, and they drove down to Gainesville on a scorching hot September Saturday.”

Laura Lee Smith is a former resident of Gainesville, attended classes at UF and worked as a medical transcriptionist in the General Surgery department at Shands Hospital. She is working on a new book, set in Jacksonville.  

A Book Club Kit is available for this title. A Reading Group Guide is included. The paperback version of Heart of Palm will be available on April 8.


Posted by ChrisC on March 3, 2014