[[ Epub ]] ➟ Saving Grace Author Lee Smith – Thepurelynaturalcompany.co.uk

Saving Grace Surrounded All Of Her Life By Zealous Religious Figures, Florida Grace Shepherd Recounts A Story That Begins With Her Father S Revival Meetings And Ends At Uncle Slidell S Christian Fun Golf Course

About the Author: Lee Smith

Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of southwestern Virginia, nine year old Lee Smith was already writing and selling, for a nickel apiece stories about her neighbors in the coal boomtown of Grundy and the nearby isolated hollers Since 1968, she has published eleven novels, as well as three collections of short stories, and has received many writing awards.The sense of place infusing her novels reveals her insight into and empathy for the people and culture of Appalachia Lee Smith was born in 1944 in Grundy, Virginia, a small coal mining town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not 10 miles from the Kentucky border The Smith home sat on Main Street, and the Levisa River ran just behind it Her mother, Virginia, was a college graduate who had come to Grundy to teach school Her father, Ernest, a native of the area, operated a dime store And it was in that store that Smith s training as a writer began Through a peephole in the ceiling of the store, Smith would watch and listen to the shoppers, paying close attention to the details of how they talked and dressed and what they said I didn t know any writers, Smith says, but I grew up in the midst of people just talking and talking and talking and telling these stories My Uncle Vern, who was in the legislature, was a famous storyteller, as were others, including my dad It was very local I mean, my mother could make a story out of anything she d go to the grocery store and come home with a story Smith describes herself as a deeply weird child She was an insatiable reader When she was 9 or 10, she wrote her first story, about Adlai Stevenson and Jane Russell heading out west together to become Mormons and embodying the very same themes, Smith says, that concern her even today You know, religion and flight, staying in one place or not staying, containment or flight and religion From Lee Smith s official website.

10 thoughts on “Saving Grace

  1. says:

    Good fiction In talking about children s reading habits, I frequently hear that it doesn t matter what they read as long as they read I have always disagreed with that sentiment, because I believe it does matter on many different levels what children

  2. says:

    Another Lee Smith I find myself missing her voice when I m not reading one of her books Smith follows a family of snake handlers this time For those of you who aren t from these hills, I ll tell you snake handlers are holy rollers, people on the fringe of a C

  3. says:

    I try to read books from a lot of different genres, but it seems that I am consistently drawn back to books that are based in Appalachia Saving Grace is the story of Florida Grace whose father is a snake handling, Pentecostal preacher It s a hard life she lives alway

  4. says:

    The setting mountains of Appalachia and the writing captured, then held me I wavered a lot about the main character Florida Grace After the perfection of Ivy Rowe in my first Lee Smith novel Fair and Tender Ladies , maybe my expectations were too high Grace is the daughter o

  5. says:

    I think I liked this book, so that is why I went ahead and gave it four stars instead of three It started out well and I really enjoyed the true to life showing of religious fundamentalism, having been raised in a similar situation myself, though thankfully not as extreme I enjoyed

  6. says:

    If you have not yet discovered Lee Smith, you must begin reading her works immediately Fair and Tender Ladies is still my favorite book by her, but this one comes a close second On the surface, the novel tells the life story of Florida Grace, a young woman whose father travels across the mo

  7. says:

    I will read anything by Lee Smith because I love the way she writes Her book, Fair and Tender Ladies is still one of my all time favorites I m not sure that she could ever top that one, but that aside, I loved this one but wish that it had ended differently I kind of hated to see the main character

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book There is almost nothing I likethan a snappy narrator and Florida Grace is a hoot Also, I liked the interesting subject matter pentacostal like religious up bringing The ending was rather ambiguous, but I like a book that makes me think I definitely recommend this book.

  9. says:

    I really liked this book about a girl growing up in a family in which Dad was called to witness by handling serpents Appalachian fiction until the very end The ending was not supported by anything else that had happened in the book and I felt the author capriciously decided just to call it a day in the easiest way

  10. says:

    I finished this one in less than a weekend It wasn t a book that I expected to like as much as I did and I had never read anything by Lee Smith, but I love stories set in the South and Appalachia This was a very unique and strangely uplifting story.

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