Rivers by Michael Farris Smith audiobook

Rivers: A Novel

By Michael Farris Smith
Read by Michael Farris Smith

Simon & Schuster Audio
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Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, theGulf Coast, stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisianaborder, has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depletedthat the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of thecoastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and noresources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules. Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome thecrushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during anevacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Untilnow he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself. But after his home is ransacked and all of hiscarefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from hisshelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by afanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions ofrepopulating the barren region. Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie isholding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to theLine alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgivingland with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down, and Cohen harboring a secretthat may pose the greatest threat of all.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List

Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, theGulf Coast, stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisianaborder, has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depletedthat the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of thecoastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and noresources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome thecrushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during anevacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Untilnow he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of hiscarefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from hisshelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by afanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions ofrepopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie isholding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to theLine alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgivingland with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down, and Cohen harboring a secretthat may pose the greatest threat of all.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A story so powerful, I thought it was going to ignite every time I picked the damn thing up.…This is an important book. Pick it up—I bet you won’t be able to put it down.” Frank Bill, author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana
“A hurricane-force debut novel that will soak you with its beautiful sadness and blow you away with its prescience about the weather-wild world that awaits us.” Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon
“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.” James Lee Burke, New York Times bestselling author of Creole Belle and The Tin Roof Blowdown
“A compelling plot, fueled by a mounting sense of tension and hope in the face of increasing hopelessness, will keep readers engrossed to the very end. Tense, moving, and expertly executed.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Michael Farris Smith

Author Bio: Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith, the author of several books, is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English