(author, Ohio University Press, 2009)
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Power in the Blood traces Linda Tate’s journey to rediscover the Cherokee-Appalachian branch of her family and provides an unflinching examination of the poverty, discrimination, and family violence that marked their lives. A dramatic family history that reads like a novel, Power in the Blood is innovative and groundbreaking in its approach to research and storytelling.
“I think Power in the Blood is a remarkable memoir. This is a big, human, and entirely revelatory book.” – Lee Smith
“…a literary masterpiece” – Story Circle Book Reviews
(author, University of Georgia Press, 1994)
Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, A Southern Weave of Women is one of the first sustained treatments of the generation of women writers who came of age in the post-World War II South as well as one of the first to situate southern literature fully within a multicultural context. A Southern Weave of Women considers the ways in which the women writers of the present generation reflect, expand, transform, and redefine long-standing notions of regional culture and womanhood.
“A good introduction to a feminist reading of southern writers.” – Library Journal
“…her prose style is uncluttered and clear”– Mississippi Quarterly
(editor and author of introduction, University Press of Mississippi, 2001)
Part of Mississippi’s Literary Conversations Series
How does a girl from Grundy, Virginia, become a successful writer? The interviews and profiles in Conversations with Lee Smith tell the story of one woman’s discovery of her coal-mining hometown as a potential “literary place.”
“Editor Linda Tate has made an excellent selection that affords us a rounded picture of Smith as a writer and as a person.” – The State