8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published December 2016
With an original and compelling voice, Martin Barkley’s The Lovesong of Smith Oliver Smith introduces precocious young Smith and fiercely protective Matilda. Here, Barkley not only explores the classic archetypal—even primal—intimacy between a boy and his mother, but also reveals a singular and complex relationship. As Smith tries to make sense of Matilda’s real limitations and unorthodox choices, we witness his loyalty and her heroic perseverance. Together, Barkley’s artfully linked stories feel as expansive and satisfying as a novella.