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April 17, 2014
9781611174199
English
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Cakewalk

Stories

First published in 1982, Cakewalk was the first short story collection by iconic Southern writer Lee Smith. Comic and observant, Smith's fourteen tales in Cakewalk introduce readers to a host of memorable Southern characters. Her protagonists include aging gossips, a soap opera-hooked housewife, a runaway teenager, and divergent sisters in various combinations. Smith's gutsy Southern women don't always triumph, but, with her sympathetic portrayals, readers gain appreciation for the merits of spirited perseverance, right or wrong, in the face of modern adversity. The characters are everyday folks with everyday problems, particularly the tensions of home and family and loneliness and connection. Smith is keenly aware of the foibles that make people so maddeningly funny but also deeply sensitive to their pain and sorrow.









This Southern Revival edition includes a new introduction by the author.

Reviews

"Cakewalk is great fun, its tales shrewdly observant of segments of North Carolina life."—Wall Street Journal

"Excellent...Beautiful portrayals...Dazzling."—Chicago Tribune

"Lee Smith strikes dead center the nerves of women's lives and does it with a grace and style that make her one of the writers to watch most closely."—Houston Post

"Smith has a perfect voice, incorporating hints of both refinement and shabbiness. Quite simply, excellent writing."—Booklist

"The South has always been a special domain for women writers. Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, and Katherine Ann Porter come immediately to mind. . . . Lee Smith, in this fine collection of short stories, joins in this tradition."—San Diego Union

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Talking Appalachian

edited by Amy D. Clark, Nancy M. Hayward, with contributions by Michael Ellis, Kirk Hazen, Jaime Wagner Flesher, Anita Puckett, Jeffrey Reaser, Walt Wolfram, George Ella Lyon, Silas House, Lee Smith, Jane Hicks, Rita Quillen, Crystal Wi...
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Talking Appalachian

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Something's Rising

Silas House, Jason Howard, foreword by Lee Smith, Hal Crowther
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