Obituary: Patrick Smith Author of “A Land Remembered”

No book describes old Florida and the transformation to modern state quite like A Land Remembered.   I was saddened to learn this afternoon of the passing of Patrick Smith, the author of the iconic work of historical fiction. Those who have not read Smith’s ,master work should if they are to truly understand the peninsula’s transformation from backwater to bustling urban center. A historical novel that takes place between the 1850s and 1970s the book describes a fictional Florida family and their lives as Florida changes and grows.

On this occasion of his passing, I strongly urge TFS readers to read this book of historical significance. At a time when more and more transients have moved to Florida and have less historical connection or interest in the past, works like Smith’s A Land Remembered become even more important to furthering the discussion and dialogue about the future of our state.

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