Waiting on Wednesday – Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Posted October 5, 2016 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 8 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Desperation Road by Michael Farris SmithDesperation Road by Michael Farris Smith
Published by Little Brown and Company on February 7th 2017
Pages: 304
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: Hardcover
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"An elegantly written, perfectly-paced novel about a man and woman indelibly marked by violence" (Ron Rash) set in a Mississippi town where drugs, whiskey, guns, and revenge explosively collide.

For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits in Parchman penitentiary. His sentence now up, Russell believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him.

Meanwhile, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate. Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben holding a pistol and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle of the road.

With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save—his own or those of the woman and child.

About Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith's new novel, Desperation Road, will be available in February of 2017 from Lee Boudreaux Books. His debut novel Rivers was named to numerous Best Books of 2013 lists and garnered the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and daughters.


I have been eager to get a hold of Rivers, his post-apocalyptic debut novel, for I don’t even know how long. And now Smith is writing a book in my second favorite genre. And it’s blurbed by James Lee Burke AND  Ron Rash! I need no other reason to get excited.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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