Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What's New On the Bookshelf?

Only one book this month, a recently published collection of short stories by an author I have always admired, Lee Smith. I've been a fan ever since discovering Fair and Tender Ladies in the 1980s. The title? Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger. I have only read the first story at this point. Short story collections are great for innkeepers and B&B guests alike because one story is often all a busy day will allow. Lee Smith is masterful at her craft, creating quirky characters who are smart and funny. She makes you feel as if the characters might step right out of the book into your living room. That's how real they seem. This collection contains seven old stories and seven new ones. Thirteen more to enjoy!