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Laura Lee Smith

Praise for Laura Lee Smith:

HEART OF PALM:

"Intelligence, heart, wit...Laura Lee Smith has all the tools, and HEART OF PALM is a very impressive first novel." - Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of EMPIRE FALLS

"[A] fine, funny first novel...A heaping dose of Southern soul with a lot of chutzpah thrown in." - Atlanta Journal Constitution

"A knockout...It reminded me often of the novels of Richard Russo...Smith...creates a vivid sense of place...A fine, bittersweet taste of the Sunshine State." - Tampa Bay Times

"I could feel the heat, the flare off the Intracoastal. Like a sandspur, HERAT OF PALM sticks with you, drawing blood." - Rita Mae Brown, author of SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT and RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE

"A spirited Southern family saga...Fans of Fannie Flagg will enjoy this novel." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A big, engrossing and very Southern look at a family in turmoil, HEART OF PALM is made to be read on a veranda during the steamy summer months." - Arizona Republic

"Smith's debut novel exudes authenticity...She turns a phrase with wit...Writ[ten] with agility and empathy." - Publishers Weekly

"Smith is a brilliant writer, and HEART OF PALM brims with lush vitality, loss, and desire." - Julianna Baggott, author of PURE and THE PRINCE OF FENWAY PARK

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