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Laura Smith

Biography

Laura Smith

Laura Smith’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and Mother Jones. She worked on THE ART OF VANISHING while on a fellowship at the Banff Arts Centre. She lives in Oakland, California.

Laura Smith

Books by Laura Smith

by Laura Smith - Adventure, Autobiography, Biography, History, Marriage, Memoir

At 25, as her wedding date approached, Laura Smith began to feel trapped by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. Laura wanted her life and marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge. Barbara Newhall Follett was a free-spirited trailblazer who published her first novel at 11, enlisted as a deck hand on a boat bound for the south China seas at 15 and was one of the first women to hike the Appalachian Trail. Then in December 1939, not much older than Laura, she walked out of her apartment on a quiet tree-lined street in Brookline, leaving behind a fraying marriage, and vanished without a trace. Obsessed by her story, Laura set off to find out what had happened.