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Smithy in Newport

On a visit to Newport/Middletown, RI earlier this summer, I was thrilled to find Smithy shelved in "Local Interest" at the Barnes and Noble store.


Although the novel takes place in a fictitious Newport mansion, it also describes several real historic mansions over the course of the story and alludes to the town's history as a popular retreat for the nation's upper crust. I feel honored that Newport has welcomed Smithy welcomed as a local story.


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