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!