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Laura Lee Smith

www.lauraleesmith.com/

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Laura Lee Smith's short fiction was selected by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South 2010. Her work has also been published in The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou, and other journals. She has taught creative writing at Flagler College and works as an advertising copywriter.

Books

Heart of Palm

Heart of Palm, 2013

Utina, Florida, is a small, down-at-the-heels southern town. Once enlivened by the trade in Palm Sunday palms and moonshine, Utina hasn’t seen economic growth in decades, and no family is more emblematic of the local reality than the Bravos. Deserted by the patriarch years ago, the Bravos are held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces. The story opens on a sweltering Fourth of July, as Frank Bravo, dutiful middle son, is awakened by a distress call. Frank dreams of escaping to cool mountain rivers, but he’s only made it ten minutes from the family restaurant he manages every day and the decrepit, Spanish-moss-draped house he was raised in, where his strong-willed mother and spitfire sister -- both towering redheads, equally matched in stubbornness -- are fighting another battle royal. Little do any of them know that Utina is about to meet the tide of development that has already engulfed the rest of northeast Florida. When opportunity knocks, tempers ignite, secrets are unearthed, and each of the Bravos is forced to confront the tragedies of their shared past. Reminiscent of Kaye Gibbons, Lee Smith, Anne Tyler, and Fannie Flagg, Heart of Palm introduces Laura Lee Smith as a captivating new voice in American fiction.