Lee Smith has wanted to be a writer ever since she can remember. She started telling stories as soon as she could talk, and made them up as well. Her father was fond of saying that she would climb a tree to tell a lie rather than stand on the ground to tell the truth. Dimestore is a love letter to the people and places that made a writer out of a small town southern girl.
Lee has established herself as a preeminent voice of the south through her fiction over the last 45 years. This book is about her enchanting childhood in the small coal mining town of Grundy, Virginia where her father owned a Ben Franklin Dimestore and ran it for many years. Her thoughts and reminiscences around place, memory, and writing are charming and heart-felt. Told with honest, humor, and sensitivity, it is a moving portrait of her heritage and a tasty slice of southern culture. A fast and enjoyable read.