Rivers final coverUPDATE: Michael Farris Smith’s Desperation Road has been acquired at auction by Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little, Brown. From Publishers Marketplace: “In the vein of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and the works of Ron Rash, a Southern literary suspense novel set in a rough-and-tumble Mississippi town where drugs, whiskey, guns, and the desire for revenge violently intersect after a man, just paroled from prison, finds himself in the crosshairs for a crime he didn’t commit, by the award-winning author of Rivers.

Every once in a while an author comes along who’s in love with art and the written language and image and literary experiment and the complexity of his characters and the great mysteries that lie just on the other side of the physical world, writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith’s name to the list.” James Lee Burke, New York Times bestselling author of Creole Belle and The Tin Roof Blowdown

Rivers has received the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction from the Mississippi Library Association. Rivers also named in Best Books of 2013 by Hudson Books, The Capital Times, Book Riot, Daily Candy, Columbus Dispatch, and an Indie Next List selection by Indiebound

“A triumphant — and troubling — debut novel about Southern states in the near future punished by relentless rain and flooding. Michael Farris Smith’s powerful Rivers is the kind of book that lifts you up with its mesmerizing language then pulls you under like a riptide….A stunning work of speculative fiction.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Smith’s prose is lush, descriptive and even beautiful…Tense, moving and expertly executed.”  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Smith’s incantatory prose . . . propel[s] this apocalyptic narrative at a compelling clip until the very last page.” The New York Times Book Review

“This book is raw and scary.” Esquire

“This promising Mississippi writer has come back to the source and paid homage, in his Southern Gothic way, to the region’s bull-headed will to keep going.” The Clarion-Ledger

“Wonderfully cinematic . . . Smith resorts to no formula, and his ability to keep you guessing about what will happen next adds tension to long stretches of honed prose. He also manages to make 300 pages of relentless rain so real that you’re surprised your fingers aren’t pruney when you look up from this engrossing story.” The Washington Post

Rivers is available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook. Purchase online or visit your indie bookseller: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound |  iBooks

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