Dimestore

Dimestore

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For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.

Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith's youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy's dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing adventures for the store's dolls--that she became a storyteller. Even when she was sent off to college to earn some "culture," she understood that perhaps the richest culture she might ever know was the one she was driving away from--and it's a place that she never left behind.

Dimestore 's fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving personal portrait and a testament to embracing one's heritage. It's also an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781616205027
Branch Call Number: ANF 813.54 SMI
Characteristics: 202 pages ; 22 cm

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ctkvlk
Mar 08, 2017

As a fellow Hoosier, I enjoyed this romp through small-town life. You can see where the author gets her material: "write what you know!" and I look forward to reading her other books. There is drama, fun and interest in every day life and readers can relate to it!

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bcgabriel
Oct 12, 2016

Incredibly good!

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SaturdayLibrarian
May 19, 2016

Great read!

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