Saving Graceby Lee Smith
"LUCID IN EXECUTION, BREATHTAKING IN SCOPE AND HEART-RENDING IN EFFECTA REDEMPTIVE WORK OF ART. . . . Lee Smith has done more than write another novel about the South. She has broken through the grotesque surface to the underground spring, the music of Scrabble Creek, and the effect is stunninga beguiling, gentle prose formed by an honesty so severe we are brought to our knees. . . . This novel has a grand and singular purpose, to clothe the spirit with flesh. In this, Lee Smith succeeds."
The Washington Post Book World
"A compelling journey into all matters southern and spiritual . . . . Set in North Carolina and Tennessee, we follow young Grace Shepherd from a cabin in the bucolic poverty of Scrabble Creek to independence as a single woman. Stops along the way include seduction by a half-brother, a failed marriage, motherhood, the loss of her son, residence in the aptly-named Creekside apartments in Knoxville and a job waitressing. . . . While Grace's path may be a journey many of us would not choose to undertake, we have to raise a small fist of jubilance to Grace for having survived."
The Boston Sunday Globe
"Ms. Smith possesses a fine talent for creating narrative voices, whether the ungrammatical eloquence of a hill-country healer or the educated affectations of a Richmond gentleman."
The New York Times Book Review
"Lee Smith patiently woos us into double vision. . . . As her fans know, [she] has one of the truest ears for the speech in her part of the world."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Evocative...Lyric, poetic and subtly cosmic...her best yet." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Lucid in execution, breathtaking in scope and hear-rending in effect--a redemptive work of art." --The Washington Post Book World
"A Compelling journey into all matters southern and spiritual." --The Boston Sunday Globe
"Smith is peerless at evoking an entire world with a detail or two...The comedy is rich, and the sense of place is intense." --Detroit Free Press
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- 18 Years
What People are Saying About This
"Evocative...Lyric, poetic and subtly cosmic...her best yet." San Francisco Chronicle
"Lucid in execution, breathtaking in scope and hear-rending in effecta redemptive work of art." The Washington Post Book World
"A Compelling journey into all matters southern and spiritual." The Boston Sunday Globe
"Smith is peerless at evoking an entire world with a detail or two...The comedy is rich, and the sense of place is intense." Detroit Free Press
Meet the Author
Lee Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Saving Grace and The Last Girls. One of the most distinctive literary voices to portray the American South, Smith has won the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting read that held my attention as the characters evolved.
I am an avid reader, especially now that I live where television consists of 4 English Channels, but is was so before moving to this island. My favorite books are by authors like Barbara Kingsolver, Dianna Gabaldon, Sharyn McCrumb, Sue Monk Kid and and recently discovered Denise Giardina ~ all excellent writers. I discovered Lee when I found this particular book in my mother's things after her passing. It enticed me, as I had gone to school with Lee. Like the other female writers, Lee provides a window through which we can see and marvel at our female strengths and social roles. Lee's novels are very earthy and more real because of it. It is wonderful to have novels like her's that are by a woman about being a woman. We so need to bring a focus and appreciation to what it is to be female or what it was for our recent female ancestors to be so. Lee presents the lives of females in mountains of the south east with clarity, sympathy and passion.
in one. Grace's childhood is worth 5 stars, however Grace's transition into adulthood years and the ending doesn't measure up. In total this is a good book, worth reading for the unforgettable first half (I read it 3 years ago and still remember it very well).
I read this book in a matter of hours. It was not necissarily the best story ever, but it was interesting and well written. Grace's story was very tragic and hr life anything but boring. I recommend this book for anyone who loves to read about people's journey for salvation, happiness, and finding themselves. Although i did not consider myself religious while reading this. This will not change your view, but it does help you relaize that if you don't beleive its okay, and your not necissarily going to hell if your not a christain at the beginning of your life.
This was the first novel I read in college. The characters are wonderfully developed and the story will stay with you long after the novel ends. It renewed my love for reading and inspired me to read everything written by Lee Smith, not to mention, become an English major.