We’re wrapping up a busy week here at the Literary Atlanta podcast. A week that included the inaugural “Beyond Books” event at The Wren’s Nest. Thanks to everyone who attended. For those who missed my conversation with Mark Pendergrast, author of City on the Verge, we’ll have a recording in a future episode of the podcast.
This week’s guest is Laura Lee Smith, the author of Heart of Palm and the recently-released The Ice House, 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. When not writing fiction, Laura works as an advertising copywriter in St. Augustine, Florida.
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. I asked Laura why she’s drawn to Florida as a backdrop for her writing and if she considers her work southern fiction.
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