Dimestore - Lee Smith
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.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (March 22, 2016)
MY THOUGHTS: I love reading about other people's lives. The places they travel, the homes they have and their place of birth and growing up. This is a wonderful book about Lee Smith. She is from the Appalachian South. She is from Grundy, Virginia. A tiny place where everyone is related some way or another. Everyone knows everyone. She is a writer, but above all else she is a story teller. She helped her dad out at the Dimestore when she was little. Listening to all the stories that everyone told. She even made up her own for the dolls. Even after leaving Grundy, she always remembered the place where she grew up. I give this book 5.....
This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Strolling Through Non Fiction/Good Reads