For all of the right and obvious reasons, our event with Katy Simpson Smith is cancelled. But, Katy has been kind enough to sign bookplates that can be affixed to The Everlasting. We expect to have the bookplates early next week. In the meantime, we have The Everlasting available in the store and on display. If you would like to order a copy of the book, with the signed bookplate or an unsigned copy, please feel free to order via the link below. We will ship the book free via UPS to you or it will be available for in-store pickup, your choice.
Katy's other works are also available below.
this Spanning two thousand years in and around Rome, Smith joins the stories of four characters: an early Christian child martyr; a medieval monk at work in the putridarium; a Medici princess of Moorish descent and dubious legitimacy; and a contemporary field biologist conducting an illicit affair. Through it all Satan travels with them, narrating their struggles with, by turns, bitter and biting commentary, offering counsel no one hears.
Smith recreates Rome again and again in vivid detail, charting the illustrious growth of city whose every stone is a moment in Western history, though, as Satan observes, “This is the city for hustle, for building permanent tokes on human transience, and then building on top of those. No one is remembered except the pulsing city itself, which—sack after sack—refuses to perish.”
In the Distance author Hernán Díaz writes, “In a rare display of lyrical erudition, Katy Simpson Smith’s gorgeous novel lets us feel the depth and density of history by showing us how every life is both an echo of the past and a relic of the future.”
This is truly a novel not to be missed, sure to be one of the notable books of 2020.
Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and currently resides in New Orleans. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750 - 1835 and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men.