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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Title:  Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger
Author:  Lee Smith
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
Synopsis from Publisher's Weekly:
"Smith slips effortlessly into the voices of her funny, smarter-than-they-look characters in her latest collection (after News of the Spirit), containing a handful of new works among some old favorites. In Toastmaster, a family's dinner outing is parsed from the point of view of a brainy 11-year-old who sees through the motivations of his flaky mother and demonstrates his powers of observation when a group of joking, drunken men enter the restaurant. Similarly, Big Girl allows an overweight wife who has sacrificed everything for her awful husband to tell her story while attaining the ultimate emancipation.


Each tale is beautifully honed and captures in subtle detail and gentle irony the essential humanity of characters who might initially strike the reader as superficial or unsympathetic. House Tour, for instance, finds a cynical wife and mother contemplating her possible alcoholism when her house is overrun by an endearing group of similarly life-worn but irrepressible women who mistake her house for one on their home tour. Other tales about indomitable wives and mothers will be familiar to Smith's fans and round out this thoroughly enjoyable collection."

I adore Lee Smith's work.  She's a writer from the southern Appalachian mountains, and she gets our dialect, our way of life, and our way of thinking exactly right.  I'm really excited to read this one. She's doing a pretty extensive tour. See if she'll be near you.

What are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Jennifer G.

9 comments:

  1. Looks like a good pick; here is mine:

    http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2010/02/waiting-on-wednesday-secret-daughter.html

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  2. I haven't read anything by Lee Smith in years. This sounds good!

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  3. This is the first I have heard or seen of this book. I hope that you will enjoy it. Here's Mine

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  4. This sounds interesting. If you end up reading it, you'll have to let me know what you think.

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  5. This sounds like an interesting book and the title is great, definitely eye-catching!

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  6. I'm definitely drawn in by the title!!

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  7. I love Lee Smith. will see her at VABOOK! in late March.

    here's mine
    http://blog.readinggroupchoices.com/content/blog/barbara/10/february/waiting-wednesday-beatrice-and-virgil-yann-martel

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  8. Great pick - going on my wish list. Love the cover!

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  9. I love Lee Smith, and I'm excited to find out that she'll be doing a signing here sometime in April!

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