Laura Lee Smith is the author of two novels: THE ICE HOUSE (December 5, 2017) and HEART OF PALM (2013), both from Grove Press. Her short fiction was selected by guest editor T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015 and by guest editor Amy Hempel for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010. Her work has also appeared in New England Review, The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Bayou, and other journals, and she is a frequent contributor to Swamp Radio. She works as an advertising copywriter. laurals@bellsouth.net


THE ICE HOUSE, Grove Press (2017). From a writer who’s been praised for her “intelligence, heart, wit” (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of EMPIRE FALLS), THE ICE HOUSE follows the beleaguered MacKinnons as they weather the possible loss of the family business, a serious medical diagnosis, and the slings and arrows of familial discord.

Short Fiction

“Unsafe at Any Speed,” New England Review #35.1, Winter 2014 and Best American Short Stories 2015.

“This Trembling Earth,” Natural Bridge #22 and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010

“Da Nang Hummingbirds,” Bayou #53

“Yulee Blues,” Snake Nation Review #23

“You Are a Temporary,” Main Street Rag, Fall 2009

“Miracle,” The Florida Review #31.1


“On Rejection,” Bridle Path Press, February 2012

Natural Writer: A Story about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Carolrhoda Books, 2001. (With Judy Cook)