The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages will present novelist Louise Farmer Smith reading from her book “One Hundred Years of Marriage” on Tuesday, January 29. The reading will take place in the Cameron University Library at 7 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.
In “One Hundred Years of Marriage, A Novel in Stories,” Smith pierces the myths parents tell about why they got married. The book follows the mismatches of four generations of one American family, moving backward from 1970 to 1870 so the reader is not asking what happens next, but what went before that shaped these peoples’ marriage decisions.
Released in April 2012, the novel has been referred to as “old-fashioned storytelling at its best.” Additional praise includes, “Beautifully written in a tender, funny, wise voice that recalls Eudora Welty, this wonderful novel reveals the secrets and passions and disappointments that plague four generations of married women in heartbreaking and hilarious detail.”
“Return to Lincoln,” one of the stories within “One Hundred Years of Marriage,” was nominated by Bellevue Literary Review for the Pushcart Prize.
Smith is an Oklahoma native who has worked as a high school and college English teacher, trained as a family therapist in the children’s division of New Hampshire State Hospital and served on the staff of a U.S. Congressman.
She has been honored with a PEN/New England Discovery Award, and her work has been published in numerous journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly and The Southeast Review. In addition, she has published memoir pieces in the anthologies “I’ve Always Meant to Tell You” and “To Fathers.” Her fiction has been published in “Dots On A Map,” an anthology of short fiction, and “Coming Home,” a collection of short stories from Main Street Rag Publishing.
Smith resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Her next book, “Wedding Stories,” is a mix of ceremonies and acrimonies, set between the 1920s and 2013, each story devoted to one participant: the bride, the mother-of-the-groom, the florist, the limo driver, etc.
January 25, 2013