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Laura Lee Smith

Praise for Laura Lee Smith

"HEART OF PALM is Smith's first novel, and it's a knockout. With its knowing but sweet-natured humor, its flawed and believable characters, its convincing depiction of small-town life, its delicious little plot twists and its insight about the human heart, it reminded me often of the novels of Richard Russo, especially NOBODY'S FOOL and EMPIRE FALLS." Tampa Bay Times

“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

“I could feel the heat, the glare off the Intracoastal. Like a sandspur, HEART OF PALM sticks with you, drawing blood.” — Rita Mae Brown, author of SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT and RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE 

“Laura Lee Smith masterfully creates a deep, compassionate, and often heartbreakingly funny portrait of a wild, complex Southern family on the brink of massive change while simultaneously rendering the ever-shifting identity of the New South, caught between pristine decay and the terrifying promises of development. 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

“I’ve just read Laura Lee Smith’s hefty, eager, and incandescent debut novel, HEART OF PALM, and I can’t get the astonishing and benighted Bravos out of my head. And I don’t want to. What an extravagantly and engagingly flawed family this is! Smith is an enchanter casting her spell with lyrical prose, evocative details, and spellbinding characters. She explores familial chaos, reckless behavior, and hopeless love with grace, intelligence, and tenderness. She gives me what I long for in fiction: compassion and provocation. What talent, what nerve, what a wondrous and spellbinding story. Trust me, these Bravos will haunt your dreams.” — John Dufresne, author of REQUIEM, MASS. and LOUISIANA POWER AND LIGHT 

"From the lyrical opening that sets up this story, Laura Lee Smith’s voice moves to an earthy voice grounded in the tradition of our great yarn-spinners, giving us a Florida Cracker family saga rich in humor and vivid characters who are all-too-realistically violent, crazy, hilarious, big-hearted, and tragic. HEART OF PALM is a heartily ambitious novel that’s also a real page-turner, a real story with real people in a place rendered in such palpable detail you feel you know it as well as the people who live there." — Brad Watson, author of THE HEAVEN OF MERCURY


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