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Michael Farris Smith

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Michael Farris Smith is the author of The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. He has been awarded the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, Transatlantic Review Award, and Brick Streets Press Story Award. His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, Southern Living, Book Riot, and numerous others, and have been named Indie Next List, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. His essays have appeared with The New York Times, Bitter Southerner, Writer’s Bone, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.

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Very happy to share the cover art and release date of March 3 for the new one, BLACKWOOD. Check it out over at https://michaelfarrissmith.com/blackw....
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Average rating: 3.9 · 4,550 ratings · 1,030 reviews · 11 distinct worksSimilar authors

3.73 avg rating — 1,840 ratings — published 2013 — 13 editions
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Desperation Road

4.04 avg rating — 1,804 ratings — published 2017 — 17 editions
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The Fighter

4.06 avg rating — 554 ratings — published 2018 — 14 editions
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In the beginning (Rivers #0.5)

3.91 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Hands of Strangers

4.02 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Le Pays des oubliés

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Desperation Road (eBook)

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Mississippi Noir

3.65 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 2016 — 8 editions
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Story Behind the Book : Vol...

4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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“Tomorrow you and them will set out for the end of your lives and I’ll be here. The one who gave and would keep on giving if you’d let me. But you don’t want to let me. You and them are going to walk through the valley but you’ll have no shepherd. You’ll have no answers. And you’ll kill the babies. And you’ll die. You ain’t no healer, no more than I am, but I can give more than you.”
Michael Farris Smith, Rivers

“And it was then that Cohen began to feel the weight of the others in this house on this dot on the map below the Line. He had always been aware that he wasn't the only one who had lost, but the losses for others seemed different to him, more true and exact, now that the losses of others had eyes and faces and arms and legs.”
Michael Farris Smith, Rivers

“It had been raining for weeks. Maybe months. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.”
Michael Farris Smith, Rivers


“Do you suffer when you write? I don't at all. Suffer like a bastard when don't write, or just before, and feel empty and fucked out afterwards. But never feel as good as while writing.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
William Faulkner

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