The whole country looks at three North Carolina connected authors
Three recent books with North Carolina connections have gained national recognition. You should certainly know about them.
Tim Gautreaux is widely admired in our state’s literary community. For instance, popular Hillsborough author Lee Smith, writing about Gautreaux’s latest book, “The Missing,” said, “I have just finished, biting my nails and staying up almost all night to do so----surely the best rip-roaring old fashioned truly American page-turner ever written! No way to say how much I admire that book. Got your attention?”
“The Missing,” like Smith’s “The Last Girls,” is set on a riverboat that travels along the Mississippi River.
But it is not the same kind of book.
Smith’s characters are contemporary middle-aged women on a luxury tourist ship remembering their college river rafting ...