Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Birthday Book of the Day: North Carolina author Lee Smith's novel on the last years of Zelda Fitzgerald, autographed

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Henry Bemis Books owner Lindsay Thompson discussed this book live on Facebook today at-


Smith, Lee, Guests on Earth (A Shannon Ravenel Book/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1st ed., 1st printing, 2013). ISBN 978-1-616230-253-8.

North Carolina novelist Smith recreates life in an Asheville women’s asylum, among whose patients is Zelda, wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A highly regarded addition to Smith’s published works. The Washington Post noted, “By the time she’s done, Smith has covered the entire spectrum of Southern women. In her acknowledgments, she writes, “I . . . have my own personal knowledge of the landscape of this novel. My father was a patient here in the fifties. And I am especially grateful to Highland Hospital for the helpful years my son, Josh, spent there in the 1980s, in both inpatient and outpatient situations. Though I had always loved Zelda Fitzgerald, it was then that I became fascinated by her art and her life within that institution, and the mystery of her tragic death.”

Autographed on the title page. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, fine condition. HBB price: $50.


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