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Michael Farris Smith

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Michael Farris Smith is the author of Blackwood (2020), The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. 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, 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.

Average rating: 3.89 · 7,117 ratings · 1,566 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
Desperation Road

4.07 avg rating — 2,391 ratings — published 2017 — 18 editions
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Rivers (Rivers, #1)

3.75 avg rating — 2,047 ratings — published 2013 — 14 editions
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3.80 avg rating — 991 ratings — published 2020 — 10 editions
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The Fighter

4.07 avg rating — 835 ratings — published 2018 — 16 editions
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3.40 avg rating — 360 ratings — published 2021 — 9 editions
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In the beginning (Rivers #0.5)

3.77 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Hands of Strangers

4.01 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Mississippi Noir

3.71 avg rating — 265 ratings — published 2016 — 8 editions
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Gather at the River: Twenty...

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Story Behind the Book : Vol...

4.71 avg rating — 7 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

“How could you imagine the complexities of what might come?”
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