Naomi Gladish Smith

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The Searchers

FINALIST, USA BEST BOOKS 2011, FICTION:VISIONARY

The littered room into which Dan let himself was cold and smelled of dirty clothes and the garbage he'd forgotten to take out. He picked up an empty pizza carton from the floor and stuffed it into an overflowing wastebasket, started to flick a sweatshirt from the sagging couch, and then let it drop back. He sat down heavily. Why Clean up? A little trash was the least of what whoever had to clean the place would face.

He dug the tiny pistol from the leather jacket and held it in the palm of his damaged hand. It wasn't more than four inches from the black plastic inset handle to the nickle-plated barrel. He sat long moments staring at it. The guy said it would work as well as anything bigger. He carefully eased an inch of finger into the nickel trigger guard. Though he hand was slender, his finger barely fit between the guard and the half-moon of the gold-colored trigger. Dan considered the little gun a moment more, then pushed aside the little flame of fear that caught at his chest, took a deep breath, and closed his eyes. Quickly, before he could change his mind, Dan raised the gun to his head--and flexed his finger against the trigger.

Selected Works

Non-Fiction
This memoir of a man who sought to live his live according to his beliefs, is a story of the nineteen thirties and forties and gives a vivid description of what life was like on the homefront in both America and England during World War II. Though it takes place in a bygone era, the questions it raises about how to live a life and about perseverance in the face of despair are timeless.
Fiction
The novel, the third in this series about people in the afterlife, invites the reader to come with a group of 'students' on a journey that will end either in heaven - or what we would call hell, but they will call home.
The Wanderers visits a world beyond this one, where a group of travelers discover that the decisions made while on earth have more consequences than they could ever have imagined.
Dramatizes the afterlife in a way that will have the reader thinking about it for a long time after finishing the story.
"Sobering, provocative and thoroughly entertaining."
--Barbara Shoup, author of Faithful Women
The writer muses on the death of her elderly parents.