Friday, November 22, 2013

Books by Lee Smith


I have just finished Lee Smith's new book Guests on Earth. It was beautiful, thought-provoking, and haunting.  But then, that's just what I expected, having read all her books.   This book is a fictional account of a mental hospital near Asheville, North Carolina, and the fire that killed several of their patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald.

I can't remember the first book I read by this writer, but I have loved them all.  I think my favorite is Saving Grace, or maybe it is Oral History.

Her first book, The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed, was published in 1968, and I found a copy of it a while back at Loaves and Fishes, the local thrift shop that I frequent way too much.  The people around me seemed quite surprised at my enthusiasm upon finding this book, but they just didn't know that now I have all of Lee Smith's books. Oh, Happy Day!