Ursula Powell and Quentin Riconni were tied together by fate and unusual circumstances. In 1966, Betty Tiber Habersham commissioned a sculpture from a then-unknown Brooklyn artist named Richard Riconni, Quentins father. When the abstract metal sculpture of a bear was delivered, only Betty and Ursulas father, Tom Powell, saw the power and beauty.

Its not until decades later that Richards genius is appreciated. Quentins mother has dreamed of seeing the Iron Bear, but was told by the Tiber family that it was destroyed. When Quentin learns that the bear may still live, he leaves New York on a quest to Ursulas secluded farm to recover this highly valuable sculpture.

The lyrically resonating and incredibly wonderful novels written by author Deborah Smith are truly unforgettable. While many authors can tell stories set in the South, no one does it with quite the same flair as the incomparable Ms. Smith. (Feb., 352 pp., $23.95) Paperback released January 2002.

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith