The Hands of Strangers, Michael F. Smith’s debut novella, is set in the City of Lights and begs the question: how do you survive when hope is lost? Jon and Estelle work against the unanswerable, struggling against one another, against the once beautiful city, against time.

“A fantastic debut…Smith eloquently captures the damaged souls of two people crumbling under the weight of uncertainty and waning hope. In this anxiety-ridden little gem, Smith captures the essence of the helpless, making more of an impact than most novels three times its size.” Publishers Weekly

“In a place like Paris, where people are always moving about and soaking things up, translation can get tricky. By the end, you’ve decided what you’d do: who you’d be–and that might surprise you.” Bookpunch Reviews

“An absorbing novella.” The Commercial Dispatch