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Silver Alert

By Lee Smith


Publication Date: April 18, 2023

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A funny and endearing novel of family, secrets, and aging, about an elderly man who, rather than give up his independence, heads off on a joyride with a new young friend who has some secrets of her own—by a bestselling and beloved giant of Southern fiction.

Herb has a secret: he's not quite the man he once was. And when his children learn of this, they decide it is time to move him and his wife, Susan, who is slipping into early Alzheimer's herself out of their Key West home and into assisted living. But curmudgeonly Herb—annoyed with his kids and unsettled by the ever-changing world—is not going quietly.

He has one trusted friend, a young woman named Renee who has been helping to care for Susan. But Renee, too, is guarding secrets of her own, trying to start over after a truncated childhood where she had to abandon her dreams and her talents, and disappointed by a boyfriend who refuses to commit.

Together, Herb and Renee—who is really Dee Dee—take off on one last joyride up the Florida Keys, setting off a Silver Alert, and, ultimately, setting up a moment where Dee Dee can come into her own.

What life do we deserve? And how do we make it our own? In this funny, heartwarming novel, Silver Alert shows us how sometimes, you just have to seize the narrative.

About the Author

Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, Guests on Earth, and most recently, Dimestore. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 240 pages

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Publication Date: April 18, 2023

ISBN: 9781643752419

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