Desperation Road (Feb 7)

Smith_DesperationRoad_ARC.inddDesperation Road’s brooding atmosphere lights up often with strong scenes of high tension. Smith writes shapely prose and sharp dialogue and everywhere displays an acute sense of the moments and pain that can define lives.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Michael Farris Smith is one of the best writers of his generation, and this very well may be his best work — taut, tense and impossible to put down.” Tom Franklin, NYT bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter 

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“The book is elegant, even profound, the cadence of the words alluring, bringing the reader deeper into this world of gray.” The Clarion-Ledger

“Smith is cementing his place in the Southern literary canon. And despite all of the comparisons to some of literature’s biggest names, he’s not copying anyone. Desperation Road is a story all his own: deep, dark, redemptive and hard to forget.” Deep South Magazine

“Welcome to Faulkner country, where the past is a force with a gravitational pull of its own. But Michael Farris Smith’s tale of two acts of violence and their tangled aftermath has a yearning voice all of its own.” Barnes & Noble Discover Reviews

Desperation Road reads as if it were forged in a fire stoked by the ghosts of Carson McCullers, Larry Brown, and William Gay. Smith’s terse, muscular prose renders this novel as rich and alive as any you’ll find in contemporary fiction.” Wiley Cash, NYT bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy

“Smith is a meticulous craftsman who evokes his protagonists and their world with patience and subtlety. Ultimately, the road of the novel’s title moves not just through desperation, but also into a tentative landscape of hope, and perhaps even redemption.” Publishers Weekly

Desperation Road is an elegantly written, perfectly paced novel… An outstanding performance.” Ron Rash, NYT bestselling author of Serena and The Cove

“Smith once again uses his native Mississippi as the perfect backdrop for this dark, satisfying novel of coincidence and revenge. VERDICT: Smith’s second novel is every bit as good as his first, an excellent piece of Southern crime fiction.” Library Journal

Michael Farris Smith is a prodigiously talented writer whose new book is not only an exciting read but an important literary event.” Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for A Good Scent from A Strange Mountain

“This book tore at my heart and infected my brain. It reminded me how powerful literature can be, and how often it falls short. Michael Farris Smith is a huge talent.” Richard Grant, award-winning journalist and author of Dispatches from Pluto

“Quite simply one of our finest writers at work today, Michael Farris Smith has made his own place at the table.” David Joy, author of Where All Light Tends To Go

“Smith’s lean, visceral prose will keep readers glued to a richly textured and briskly paced story.” Booklist

“Anchored by prose that is both poetic and brutal, Desperation Road is a gorgeous and violent book teeming with the honest humanity that only the bravest writers dare to search for.” Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street

“Told with a marksman’s precision, Desperation Road brilliantly depicts the weight of mistakes, and with each turn of the plot, the burden grows heavier. A remarkable achievement.” James Scott, author of The Kept

“Smith taps into the rhythm of a world I know, and he does it so well, with such ease, that it’s almost like I’m living it instead of reading it. This novel burns and thrums in your hands.” Jamie Kornegay, author of Soil