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

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  • Lee's new non-fiction book "Dimestore" will be published in March 2016.

    Thoughts on place, memory, and writing

    Over 45 years ago, Lee Smith published her first novel, and in the intervening years, she’s published 12 more novels and four short story collections, winning a variety of prestigious awards for her work. Now, for the first time, Lee Smith writes about the South she knew as she grew up, a place that in many ways has vanished. Smith writes about her father’s dimestore in her hometown (the dimestore now gone, along with the original town); her relatives and the local characters; her mother’s long-cherished recipes and what they mean to her; the mental illness that courses through her family tree; and how her mountain culture made her a writer. This is the story of Lee Smith, but it’s also the story of a time and place that most of us will never experience. Told with great honesty, humor, and sensitivity, DIMESTORE, like Eudora Welty’s ONE WRITER’S BEGINNINGS or Annie Dillard’s AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD, is a book that will resonate not just for Lee Smith’s fans, but for anyone who is interested in writing or who longs to know a way of life fast disappearing.