Lee Smith is the author of two other story collections, Cakewalk and Me and My Baby View the Eclipse, and nine novels, including The Christmas Letters, Saving Grace, The Devil's Dream, Fair and Tender Ladies,Family Linen, Oral History, and Black Mountain Breakdown. Her stories and articles have appeared in a diverse array of periodicals and anthologies such as Southern Review, Redbook, The New York Times, and Atlantic. She is currently at work on a tenth novel.
Smith, a professor in the English department at North Carolina State, has received numerous awards and honors including the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, the Robert Penn Prize for Fiction, the O Henry Award (twice), and a fellowship at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. She lives in North Carolina.