A Southern FocusOctober 1, 2014
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Author Katy Simpson Smith’s hotly anticipated debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, recently arrived on shelves after sparking a bidding war among 10 publishing houses (Harper Collins eventually won distribution rights). Set in coastal Beaufort, North Carolina, during the waning stages of the Revolutionary War, the book chronicles in spare, crystalline prose the entangled lives and emotions of a multi-generational cast of characters. "The effect," writes reviewer Joanna Scutts in the Washington Post, "is to root the novel in its historical moment but to reach toward the universal in its exploration of love and grief."