The Ice House — Ebook
Smith’s debut novel Heart of Palm netted over 16k copies (hc, pb, and ebook combined). Heart of Palm received positive praise from O Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others, and phenomenal blurbs from Richard Russo, Julianna Baggott, Rita Mae Brown, John Dufresne, and Brad Watson. Witty and heartbreaking by turns, The Ice House is a prime example of accessible literary fiction that would be perfect for book clubs. Smith is truly gifted at crafting multifaceted, deeply human characters—this was frequently noted in the reviews for Heart of Palm and is equally true for her new book. She effortlessly weaves together Ice’s multiple perspectives into a rich, moving, and often funny portrait of Johnny, Pauline, and their community. The complex dynamics and vibrant, exquisitely flawed personalities of the characters in this novel make for an immensely compelling read. The Ice House features rich, atmospheric settings, moving between the MacKinnon’s home in sweltering northern Florida and rural Scotland, where Scottish expat Johnny returns to reconnect with his estranged son. Smith’s short fiction has received very positive attention: Amy Hempel selected some of Smith’s work for inclusion in New Stories from the South, and Smith has also been published in The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, and Bayou, among others.