Books by Deborah Smith

THE ACCUSATION by Bandi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2017

"Of more journalistic and sociological than literary interest, without the inventiveness of recent writing south of the 38th parallel—but still an important document of witness."
Fugitive fiction—literally—from inside North Korea, devastatingly critical of the Kim dynasty and its workers' paradise. Read full book review >
HUMAN ACTS by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A fiercely written, deeply upsetting, and beautifully human novel."
The brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising becomes the connective tissue between the isolated characters of this emotionally harrowing novel. Read full book review >
THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An unusual and mesmerizing novel, gracefully written and deeply disturbing."
In her first novel to be published in English, South Korean writer Han divides a story about strange obsessions and metamorphosis into three parts, each with a distinct voice. Read full book review >
THE STONE FLOWER GARDEN by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"Clichéd plot and stereotyped characters won't stand in the way, for those who like them, of the pleasures of a family romance in lush settings."
In her seventh, a southern gothic about family secrets (but no mystery), Smith (On Bear Mountain, 2001, etc.) keeps nothing secret for long—and makes some curious authorial choices in her longwinded revelations of who done it, why, and how all the families are intertwined. Read full book review >
ON BEAR MOUNTAIN by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2001

"Smith (When Venus Fell, 1998, etc) has a real affection for folk artists and rural characters, but even so her story suffers by remaining—well, improbable."
A Brooklyn artist creates a scrap-metal sculpture of a giant bear for a small Georgia community—and, years later, his grieving son heads south to find his father's masterpiece. Read full book review >
WHEN VENUS FELL by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1998

"A highly improbable storyline, along with an incessant harping on family loyalty, will quickly tire all but romance diehards."
A thick, goopy southern stew from veteran romancer Smith (A Place To Call Home, 1997, etc.), this time involving a touchy pianist, her dreamy sister, and a man fatefully intertwined with them both. Read full book review >
A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Deborah Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A cloyingly sweet love story whose willful heroine and grudge-bearing hero remain strangely unsympathetic."
A white-bread take on the stock elements of southern family saga—family secrets, eccentric relatives, the importance of place, and the girl who falls in love with a handsome boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Read full book review >