Heralded as “the debut of the year” by Vogue, Katy Simpson Smith’s The Story of Land and Sea is set in a small coastal North Carolina town in the latter years of the American Revolution. The story follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave. In language that Lee Smith calls “soulful...almost biblical,” Katy Simpson Smith captures the singular love between parent and child, the devastation of love lost, and the desperate paths we travel in the name of renewal. Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has been working as an adjunct professor at Tulane University and is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835. She lives in New Orleans.