by Michael F. (Fiction writer) Smith

Reviewer Rating:
5

Review

What if the storms over the Mississippi Gulf Coast kept coming and coming and the rain was relentless for years with no sign of letting up.  This is the dystopia of Michael Farris Smith’s novel, Rivers.  Here is what New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke had to say about Smith:

“Every once in a while an author comes along who’s in love with art and the written language and image and literary experiment and the complexity of his characters and the great mysteries that lie just on the other side of the physical world, writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith’s name to the list.”

His writing is powerful with no spare words.  This novel is about man versus nature in this not so unimaginable future.  The Gulf Coast is so ravished by the climate change the government institutes the Line.  Residents who chose to remain below this boundary can expect no government aid or protection.
  
This novel is about Cohen, a man with a strong attachment to place and the memories and ghosts that surround it.  A man with vulnerability and convictions.  A man torn by all he has lost. 

This novel is achingly beautiful and haunting.  Michael Farris Smith, bravo!

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