- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: A Shannon Ravenel Book (May 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616200499
- ISBN-13: 978-1616200497
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger Paperback – May 31, 2011
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Lee Smith is a "teller of tales for tale tellers to admire and envy . . . [and] a reader’s dream" (Houston Chronicle). A celebrated and bestselling writer with a dozen novels under her name, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and The Last Girls, she is just as widely recognized for her exceptional short stories. Here, in Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, Smith collects seven brand-new stories along with seven of her favorites from three earlier collections. The result? A book of dazzling richness. As the New York Times Book Review put it, "In al- most every one of [her stories] there is a moment of vision, or love, or unclothed wonder that transforms something plain into something transcendent."
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I don't think there was a story in the book I didn't love. The characters and sense of place were spot on. No one, no one does the south like Lee Smith. She gets the dialect perfect and doesn't overuse it or use it in a manner that sticks out. I live in the south and I know every person in this book. I just didn't know them so well before I read these stories.
As other reviewers have noted, I feel Smith's writing talent shines even more brightly in short story form. These stories are brilliantly written and feel complete when they're done. Every one was, for me, like a small novella and complete in itself. This is so hard to do and Smith makes it seem effortless.
Overall, a completely captivating and entertaining book of short stories. Reading this made me remember how much I love her other books, so I will be going back and rereading my favorites. I absolutely love this book and this author. Hope she has a new book coming my way soon. I'd give this book ten stars if I could!
they are little slices of life, funny, bittersweet, or melancholy. often all three at once. having lived in the south most of my life i recognize characters, and have seen similar stories play out to a dozen different endings.
this is my first time reading Lee Smith, but it won't be the last.
Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger (Shannon Ravenel Books)
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It was a really quick story(?) which is what I was expecting.Read more