In the Beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers

In the Beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers

by Michael Farris Smith

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In this short story prequel to Michael Farris Smith’s widely acclaimed novel Rivers (a Best Book of 2013 in BookRiot, Daily Candy, and Hudson Booksellers), a series of catastrophic hurricanes along the Gulf Coast prompts the government to institute “The Line,” a boundary between the coastal region and the rest of the country, effectively creating a lawless no-man’s land without electricity, resources, or basic services.

Those left behind include Aggie, a snake-handling preacher with a questionable past; Bub and Ava, who live in a FEMA trailer held down by cinderblocks; and Cohen, who refuses to evacuate and leave behind the graves of his late wife and child. As all four struggle to survive below The Line, their stories intersect with violent and unexpected consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501102547
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 866,718
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Farris Smith has been awarded the Transatlantic Review Award, Brick Streets Press Short Story Award, Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. He is a graduate of Mississippi State and the Center for Writers at Southern Miss. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters. Rivers is his first novel.

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In the Beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished Rivers and then turned right around and read this. Cool look at Aggie and Cohen two years before they finally meet below the Line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sample of the first few pages of the book Rivers.