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Dimestore: A Writer’s Life

Lee Smith, the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Lifetime Achievement recipient, talks about Dimestore, her intimate memoir detailing the South she knew as she grew up, a place that in many ways has vanished. Smith‘s home was in Grundy, a small coal town in Appalachia, where her father ran the local dime store. Her parents raised her for life beyond the confines of Grundy but while Smith left Grundy her love of the people, the culture, and the stories of her birthplace remain. The 15 essays in Dimestore are in some ways an ode to the people and life of a small town but it is an ode peppered with the realities of her family’s struggle with mental illness and with an honesty and poignancy for the place that made her.

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life