“Unsettling, heartbreaking, and frequently astonishing, this Southern gothic never runs out of revelations. . . A gleaming, dark masterpiece by one of Southern fiction’s leading voices.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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“Call it Southern Noir or Southern Gothic or the legacy of Larry Brown but the reality is Michael Farris Smith is writing with one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in current fiction.” Square Books
“Lurking over Blackwood is a family of itinerant grifters—a version of Faulkner’s Snopes clan, forces of chaos, human kudzu except for the youngest of them, a mysterious boy in whom Colburn sees his young self. As in the best noir, A soul-strangling inevitability hangs over Red Bluff, yet somehow Smith gives his doomed characters a dignity in the face of forces well beyond their control.” Booklist (starred review)
“Blackwood feels like tumbling into a mirage. Smith’s writing levels up with each book he writes.” Parnassus Books, Nashville TN
“Michael Farris Smith has blown me away again with his powerful words and depiction of a small town in the South.” Page 158 Books, Wake Forest NC
“A disturbing, tense, breathtaking novel by the masterful storyteller, Michael Farris Smith.” The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines NC
“In Smith’s haunting, engrossing latest (after The Fighter), strangers awaken an evil force lurking. . . Smith’s meditation on the darkness of the human heart offers a moving update to the Southern gothic tradition.” Publishers Weekly