Lee Smith 1944–
American novelist and short story writer.
Smith's fiction is set in the contemporary South. Her works are characterized by a tone of ironic humor, a fast narrative pace, and an eye for oddity in character and community. Her characters, often not developed past caricatures, struggle to accept the world's realities. Faced with truth, some of Smith's characters withdraw into fantasy, others into madness. This theme of "spiritual anemia" runs through all of Smith's works. It has prompted critic Leonard Rogoff to conclude that she "writes novels of limitations rather than possibilities."