When I first held this volume I was disappointed to see it contained only seven new stories with another seven "selected" from previously published works. Like Smith fans everywhere I already own Cakewalk, Me and My Baby View the Eclipse and News of the Spirit. But disappointment soon turned to gratitude as I reread Smith's story of heartbreak and healing, "Bob, a Dog" and then to the delight of reunion with one of my favorite short stories of all time, "Intensive Care."
There are twelve novels and three volumes of stories by Lee Smith, and On Agate Hill marks a new turning. After several novels inspired by the culture around her, Smith has written her first genuinely historical novel.