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NEW! Laura Lee Smith’s fiction is featured in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2015, guest edited by T.C. Boyle. Previously her work has appeared in NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH. She is the author of the novels HEART OF PALM (2013, Grove Press) and ICE (forthcoming, Grove Press).

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“AN INCANDESCENT FIRST NOVEL.” — O, The Oprah Magazine.

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2013 Silver Medalist, Florida Book Awards

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2014 Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novel Award Semifinalist

Long-listed, 2014 Maine Reader’s Choice Award

Short-listed, 2014 Crook’s Corner Book Prize

“Intelligence, heart, wit…Laura Lee Smith has all the tools and Heart of Palm is a very impressive first novel.” ~ Richard Russo, winner, 2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Heart of Palm is Smith’s first novel, and it’s a knockout…She’s a welcome addition to the ranks of Florida writers.” — Tampa Bay Times.

“In the end — which comes with a delightful twist — the guilty pleasure of Heart of Palm is its steadfast tangle of rage and grief and love, a heaping dose of Southern soul with a whole lot of chutzpah thrown in.” ~ Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“…will stay with the reader long after turning the last page.” — New York Journal of Books.

“Reminiscent of the works of John Irving…with its very dark sense of humor..an engrossing and enjoyable read. — Library Journal.

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