Speed, Alabama, is frantically preparing for the event of a lifetime: Sesquicentennial Week. And all her proud citizens are kicking up their heels in a lively, pompous fancy strut....
About the Author
Lee Smith is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction- three collections of short stories and a dozen novels, including the bestsellers "Fair and Tender Ladies" and "The Last Girls", winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. The recipient of the 1999 Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
“Deft and assured . . . Smith’s seemingly effortless work is a considerable feat. . . . She is nothing less than masterly.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“[LEE SMITH] RE-CREATES A VANISHED WAY OF LIFE WITH STUNNING AUTHENTICITY.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“SMITH OFFERS RIPE ENTERTAINMENT.”
“[She] brings the storytelling gift off the porch swing and onto the printed page with an often breathtaking vitality. . . . A writer of rare talent.”
“A SPELLBINDING STORYTELLER.”
“[Smith] has the gift of a McCullers or a Faulkner of catching the sorrow, irony, and humor indigenous to the Southern temperament.”