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Michael Farris Smith

Biography

Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the author of DESPERATION ROAD, THE FIGHTER, RIVERS and THE HANDS OF STRANGERS, and is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South Magazine and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

Michael Farris Smith

Books by Michael Farris Smith

by Michael Farris Smith - Fiction

The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself --- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts --- of regret and violence --- transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who's returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with Celia, the local bar owner.

by Michael Farris Smith - Fiction, Gothic, Suspense, Thriller

Russell Gaines’ 11-year sentence is now up, and he believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he soon discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him. On the same day that Russell is released from prison, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate under the punishing summer sun. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben running through the darkness holding a pistol, and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle of the road. With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save --- his own or those of the woman and child.