“A luminous Revolutionary War novel set to be the debut of the year”
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith is set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution. This incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.
“The best novel I have read all year. . . . The arresting prose, vividly original characters, and narrative drive with which Smith tells this story of desperate familial love on a long-ago coast provided this reader with several hours of pure pleasure and a rare glimpse of grace in a fictional world.”
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