Lee’s new memoir, Dimestore will be published in March, 2016 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Click to hear Lee Smith read a portion of The Last Girls.

Cakewalk

In these dazzling stories, acclaimed author Lee Smith wants you to meet:

Mrs. Joline B. Newhouse, who writes a "fortnightly" newspaper column called "Between the Lines."

Georgia Rose, the girl whose life is more like a soap opera than the TV serial she's addicted to.

Martha Rasnick, the young housewife in "Dear Phil Donahue" who writes all her troubles to the TV personality.

Florrie, the cake lady in "Cakewalk" who causes her prissy sister no end of embarrassment by "wearing running shoes, at her age, and wooly white athletic socks that fall in crinkles down around her ankles."

Reviews

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

"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

"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." -- The Houston Post

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

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