Silver Alert

A Novel
by Lee Smith

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This funny and endearing novel of family, secrets, and aging follows an elderly man who heads off on a joyride with a new young friend—who may have some secrets of her own.

A driving force in literature, the one and only Lee Smith returns with a road trip novel, a...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback

Number Of Pages 224

Publication Date 04/18/2023

ISBN 9781643752419

Dimensions 5.8 inches x 8.55 inches


"Smith's latest is as delicious as a slice of key lime pie – and gone just as fast."
— People

Silver Alert is Lee Smith at the top of her game, and that is a high bar indeed. It’s brilliantly paced with some of the most energetic prose I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. The characters of Herb Atlas and Dee Dee are a pair for the ages, who you will long remember after the fall of the last page.”
— David Baldacci, author of Dream Town

"There are many ways to read Lee Smith’s excellent new novel Silver Alert, but I view it as the toll old age has taken on her characters, with all its indignities and absurdities, as well as a wry view of America itself. Staged in iconic Key West, the improviser’s Paradise, it’s an implied prayer for our expressing kindness in gestures large and small."
— Ann Beattie, author of The Accomplished Guest

“Lee Smith’s Silver Alert doesn’t just soar.  It seems at times to defy the laws of literary gravity.  That a book so full of hope should emerge right now is truly remarkable.”  
— Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Chances Are….

Silver Alert is classic Lee Smith: laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, full of endearing, complex characters who become real people to the reader. ...a lovely, raucous look at life in Key West, growing old, and unlikely friendships.” —Silas House
— Garden & Gun, The Best New Books for Southerners in 2023

“Silver Alert is rich with Lee Smith’s gift for vivid storytelling and memorable asides … at once lively, grim, funny, and poignant.”
— Chapter16.org

“With themes of living life to the fullest and second chances, Lee Smith’s Silver Alert would make a perfect 2023 beach read.”
— Reader's Digest, 25 Best Fiction Books of 2023 (So Far)

"This hilarious, timely and emotional novel will reframe the way you think about the golden years. Herb and Renee's friendship leads to a high-octane twist that will leave you breathless. Silver Alert is a shimmering arrow that aims straight for the heart." 
— Adriana Trigiani, author of The Good Left Undone

“Nobody mines the bittersweet absurdities of Southern family life and living better than prolific, masterful storyteller Lee Smith… Silver Alert…takes readers on a deeply meaningful, unforgettable ride brimming with hope.”
— Shelf Awareness

“Smith skillfully pivots from wry humor to real tenderness toward her quirkily engaging characters. Beneath the novel’s occasionally frothy surface beats a compassionate, generous heart. A warmhearted story of improbably matched characters trying to reclaim their lives.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Likely to resonate with fans of Marian Keyes, Lynda Rutledge, and Andrew J. Graff, Smith's novel is an incisive and heartwarming exploration of life's fragile phases.”
— Booklist

“There's plenty of charm...this is a treat.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Lovable characters and a gripping story.”
— The Bookworm

“When I hear there is another book by Lee Smith, it brightens my day. There are only a handful of authors who elicit that response.”

— Tuscaloosa News

"No one has tapped into Southern truths quite like the Virginia-raised author. Just ask the legion of writers who praise her for guiding their own stories."

— Garden & Gun