** Dimestore by Lee Smith

Dimestore is a memoir told in a series of essays, which overlap pleasantly and occasionally not so pleasantly, recycling the exact same paragraphs. The author describes the small town where she was born, in coal-country Virginia, her early writing stints on the school newspaper, and, more somberly, her parents’ and son’s mental illnesses. Her account of becoming a professional writer is interesting, but the family stories were the best part for me.



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