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Laura Lee Smith is the author of the novels THE ICE HOUSE (November, 2017) and HEART OF PALM (2013). Her short fiction has appeared in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2015; NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH: THE YEAR’S BEST 2010; and literary journals.

“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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