Smith has published ten novels and three collections of short stories;
News of the Spirit, a collection of stories and novellas, came
out in 1998. She is a former Lyndhurst Prize winner, Lila Wallace-Readers
Digest Award recipient, and winner of the Fellowship of Southern Writers'
Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction in 1991. She received the Academy
Award in Literature 1999 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Smith's latest novel, The Last Girls, was published in 2002.