Desperation Road

Desperation Road

by Michael Farris Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780316353038
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 850,582
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Michael Farris Smith is the author of Desperation Road, Rivers and The Hands of Strangers and is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South Magazine, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.

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Desperation Road 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Best of 2017!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I just want to sing the praises for this book. It was so good, so sad, and yet so good. Russell has just spent the last 11 years in prison and is now coming home. He's just finished his workshop and is on the bus home. He stands up, heads towards the door and stops. Two guys are waiting for him, they aren't friendly. They proceed to beat the crap out of him. They have decided 11 years inside isn't enough punishment. Welcome home. Maben and her little girl are walking down the freeway. They've been at this for a while, a long while. Longer than Maben would like to count. A man feels sorry for them and picks them up and takes them to the nearest truck stop and gives her $40. She feels rich, she has just doubled her money. They eat dinner and get a room. The first shower and bed they've had in weeks. Both Maben and Russell know this is their life. They've come to accept it and they try to make the best of it. They are good people. No matter what they try to do, someone always hands them another sh&& can. They end up together, little do they know that they have a past connection. However, before they discover it, they are already trying to help each other. This is their story. It's a great story, I absolutely loved it. I am already going to say that it will be on my list for best of 2017. There is so much going on. People abusing their power, grown men who won't grow up, revenge, people who need to be in jail walking the streets, it's just crazy some of it. And a lot of it is just one guy. I was so sad to say goodbye to these characters. I really became attached to them, especially Maben and the little girl. She was trying so hard and just couldn't get a break. This was the second book I have read by this author and I have loved both this one and "Rivers". Huge thanks to Little, Brown and Company for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.