Rivers final coverPrequel artComing in November 2014, In The Beginning, the short story prequel to Rivers, from Simon 451.

Rivers has received the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction from the Mississippi Library Association

Rivers 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

Publicist: meg.miller@simonandschuster.com

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