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Michael Farris Smith

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Michael Farris Smith is a native Mississippian who has spent time living abroad in France and Switzerland. He has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature, and the Brick Streets Press Short Story Award. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared with The New York Times, University Press of Mississippi, and more.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2017) : Desperation Road

Michael Farris Smith recommends
Where All Light Tends to Go (2015)
David Joy
"David Joy writes under the auspices of community, heartbreak, and love, and makes use of the warmest color in fiction - gray. What is right and what is wrong and who is to decide? In the North Carolina mountains, these answers don't come easy. Big decisions come with big consequences, and if you second guess, you lose."
The River of Kings (2017)
Taylor Brown
"Like a great body of water itself, The River of Kings is one moment grace and serenity, and the next moment hazard and threat, shifting in wonderfully unexpected ways, yet always in possession of a natural beauty you cannot help but admire."
Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
(Highway 59, book 1)
Attica Locke
"Attica Locke knows how to tell a tale, her voice so direct and crisp that the dust from the side of Highway 59 will settle on your hands as you hold Bluebird, Bluebird. Nothing comes easy in Shelby County, where the lines between right and wrong blur a little more with each heartfelt page, and love and pain live together as one under the big Texas sun."
Before Familiar Woods (2020)
Ian Pisarcik
"Before Familiar Woods conveys its people and its landscape in striking ways—taking us through peaks and valleys, shadows and sunlight, beauty and brutality…A well-wrought delivery of emotion and place."
Rovers (2021)
Richard Lange
"Rovers twists and turns like a whirlwind of desert dust. Richard Lange has created an energetic, entertaining, pulsing novel in Rovers, where things roam in the night and burn in the day and the path to salvation is a timeless, dangerous journey. A wild west, gothic thrill ride."
Graveyard Fields (2021)
(Graveyard Field Mystery, book 1)
Steven Tingle
"Steven Tingle possesses a smooth and lyrical cadence that will keep you rolling through the pages of Graveyard Fields like a pick-up joyriding across the North Carolina landscape. This is a gripping read, both energetic and thoughtful, and will carry you deep into the night."

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