Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: MRS. DARCY AND THE BLUE-EYED STRANGER: New and Selected Stories by Lee Smith

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New and Selected Stories
Pub. Date: March 23, 2010
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Format: Hardcover, 368pp
Sales Rank: 593,959
ISBN-13: 9781565129153
ISBN: 1565129156

About the book (from the publisher):
A celebrated novelist, Lee Smith is likewise recognized as a master of the short story and has been compared with such luminaries as Katherine Ann Porter, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O’Connor. Now she collects fourteen stories—seven brand-new ones along with seven favorites from her three earlier collections. The result? A book of dazzling richness.

Famous for unmistakable voices and a craft so strong and sure it seems effortless, Lee Smith’s stories strike dead center at the turning points of her characters’ lives. Here those characters range from an eight-year-old boy obsessed with vocabulary words to a young bride who has married "way up" to Mrs. Darcy herself, an older woman making it through widowhood her own way. As the New York Times Book Review put it, "In almost every one of [her stories] there is a moment of vision, or love, or unclothed wonder that transforms something plain into something transcendent."

With this collection—her first in thirteen years—Smith reclaims her place as the reigning queen of the bittersweet short story.

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About the author (from the publisher):
Lee Smith is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction—three collections of short stories and a dozen novels. The recipient of the 1999 Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.


Zibilee said...

I haven't read many short story collections lately, but this one sounds very interesting. I like the fact that they call these stories "bittersweet". I will be looking for this book. Thanks!

bermudaonion said...

I don't read many short stories but this collection sounds good and I adore the cover!

Mary said...

I think this sounds really good!

Lori said...

This is something that I will probably never read as it isn't really my type of book. BUt I know others are really looking forward to reading it, just like you. Here's Mine.