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Desperation Road

Sans rien uelues années plus tôt de la ville où elle a grandi elle revient tout aussi démunie Elle pense avoir connu le pire Elle se trompe Russel a lui aussi uitté sa ville natale onze ans plus tôt Pour une peine de prison ui vient tout juste d'arriver à son terme Il retourne chez lui en pensant avoir réglé sa dette C'est sans compter sur le désir de vengeance de ceux ui l'attendent. Yes yes YES This book was amazingDoes everyone deserve a second chance Can we ever free ourselves from the yoke of the wrongs we ve done or are we destined to pay for them forever Is hope something all should feel entitled to or should we just accept that hope is a luxury not everyone can afford These are just a few of the uestions Michael Farris Smith addresses in his bleak brilliant new novel Desperation RoadRussell Gaines has just gotten out of prison after 11 years He has spent that time thinking about a lot of things the mistake he made that landed him in jail those who will continue to wish him harm even after his release and the woman he loved the woman he let gohe was taken away from thoughts of his youth and forced into thoughts of the man he had been when he was taken away He had told himself he wasn t going to do it Wasn t going to stare out the window and lament what he had lost like some hapless guy in some hapless moment but he wasn t able to resistHe s ready to start his life anew even if he knows it won t be easy But it isn t long at all before those seeking revenge are ready to wreak havoc on the rest of his life even if he s done his time And Russell must decide how to respond how far to let them push him before he must push backMeanwhile a young woman named Maben is walking along the side of the highway with her young daughter carrying all of their possessions in a garbage bag hoping for a break The sun is punishing yet the pair soldiers on and Maben hopes they can find someplace to wait out the heat and then perhaps find temporary respite in a shelter until she figures out their next move All her life it seems she has been running away from something and she doesn t want to subject her daughter to these same mistakesThere were times when it was impossible to sleep as all the evil in the world seemed to gather in her thoughts and she couldn t figure out how to keep the child from it and there were other times when all the evil in the world gathered in her thoughts and exhausted her to the point where she couldn t fight it anyThat night Maben is forced into a corner the likes of which she doesn t expect and fears she might not escape so she acts instinctively which only causes trouble She and her daughter must flee but no matter where they go no matter how they try to get a foothold the mistake she made follows her and threatens to swallow them wholeOne day Russell and Maben cross paths in a moment of desperation Neither wants anything to do with the other but Russell feels like it is his responsibility to protect Maben and her daughter even if he thinks she is hiding something major When he finds out what she has done he knows it s already too late to disentangle himself and he has to decide whether to save himself or accept what will ultimately come his way At the same time Maben finds herself unwittingly involved in Russell s problems as wellThis is really a phenomenal book I d never read anything Smith had written before but I was captivated almost instantaneously by his prose by his characters and the bleak world they lived in At times I worried the book would become almost too depressing to bear but it didn tIt is a testament to Smith s talent as a writer that you find yourself utterly immersed in this story of two people whom life really is battering about He really paints a full picture for you strong characters evocative setting tension that ratchets up increasingly as you feel the locomotive of their troubles heading toward them But I loved every minute of it I rooted for Russell and Maben and hoped Smith might take their story in a different direction than I thoughtWhenever I see so many people giving a book 5 and 4 star ratings I worry a lot that somehow its appeal might pass me by Happily that wasn t the case for me with Desperation Road This might not be the most cheerful read but it is truly evidence of an author s virtuoso performance one which should absolutely be readSee all of my reviews at Afghanistan plus tôt de la ville où elle a grandi elle revient tout aussi démunie Elle The Black Sheeps Secret Child pense avoir connu le The Billionaires Desire pire Elle se trompe Russel a lui aussi uitté sa ville natale onze ans After the Flood plus tôt Pour une Trust in Tomorrow peine de After the Flood pensant avoir réglé sa dette C'est sans compter sur le désir de vengeance de ceux ui l'attendent. Yes yes YES This book was amazingDoes everyone deserve a second chance Can we ever free ourselves from the yoke of the wrongs we ve done or are we destined to Bronxwood pay for them forever Is hope something all should feel entitled to or should we just accept that hope is a luxury not everyone can afford These are just a few of the uestions Michael Farris Smith addresses in his bleak brilliant new novel Desperation RoadRussell Gaines has just gotten out of NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 prison after 11 years He has spent that time thinking about a lot of things the mistake he made that landed him in jail those who will continue to wish him harm even after his release and the woman he loved the woman he let gohe was taken away from thoughts of his youth and forced into thoughts of the man he had been when he was taken away He had told himself he wasn t going to do it Wasn t going to stare out the window and lament what he had lost like some hapless guy in some hapless moment but he wasn t able to resistHe s ready to start his life anew even if he knows it won t be easy But it isn t long at all before those seeking revenge are ready to wreak havoc on the rest of his life even if he s done his time And Russell must decide how to respond how far to let them Acquiring the Mind of Christ push him before he must The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster push backMeanwhile a young woman named Maben is walking along the side of the highway with her young daughter carrying all of their The Purple Headed Mountain pair soldiers on and Maben hopes they can find someplace to wait out the heat and then Stone Circles of Britain perhaps find temporary respite in a shelter until she figures out their next move All her life it seems she has been running away from something and she doesn t want to subject her daughter to these same mistakesThere were times when it was impossible to sleep as all the evil in the world seemed to gather in her thoughts and she couldn t figure out how to keep the child from it and there were other times when all the evil in the world gathered in her thoughts and exhausted her to the Blue leader point where she couldn t fight it anyThat night Maben is forced into a corner the likes of which she doesn t expect and fears she might not escape so she acts instinctively which only causes trouble She and her daughter must flee but no matter where they go no matter how they try to get a foothold the mistake she made follows her and threatens to swallow them wholeOne day Russell and Maben cross The Queen Con (The Golden Arrow paths in a moment of desperation Neither wants anything to do with the other but Russell feels like it is his responsibility to The Rite protect Maben and her daughter even if he thinks she is hiding something major When he finds out what she has done he knows it s already too late to disentangle himself and he has to decide whether to save himself or accept what will ultimately come his way At the same time Maben finds herself unwittingly involved in Russell s Black Popular Culture problems as wellThis is really a HEG (HISTORIA DE ESPAÑA) BACHARELATO AULA 3D: Historia De España. 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SUMMARY Desperation Road

De temps à autre apparaît un auteur amoureux de son art du langage écrit et des grands mystères ui résident de l'autre côté du monde physiue Il y avait William Faulkner Cormac McCarthy ou Annie Proulx Vous pouvez maintenant ajouter Michael Farris Smith à la liste James Lee BurkeUne femme marche seule avec une petite fille sur une route de Louisiane Elle n'a nulle part où aller Partie. I picked up Desperation Road after I kept seeing it pop up on my feed with several 5 star ratings I didn t read any of the reviews before I went into this book which was probably a good thing because I was able to experience everything fresh without any idea of what was going to transpire It ended up being uite a big surprise for me but not in the way that you d probably expectYou see McComb Mississippi is my hometownand it is the setting of this story My family has a very long history in this small southern town In fact my grandmother s uncle my great great uncle was McComb s Chief of Police in the 1920 s He is one of 3 officers that have been killed in the line of duty in the history of McComb s police force He was gunned down when serving a warrant for forged checks His murderer escaped and an international manhunt ensued with the murderer being caught in Canada and eventually hung in MagnoliaGoing into this story I had absolutely no idea of where the story was set and it caught me off guard While other readers were engrossed in the story I found myself lost to a strong case of nostalgia I haven t been back in years since I was a young teen but as the author described Delaware Avenue and the angular arches of Centenary United Methodist Church it felt like I was right back there again I could so easily picture the surrounding towns like Magnolia and the businesses like the Fernwood Truck Stop that the author described He really did a fantastic job of accurately portraying the geography and physical lay of the landThat being said because I spent so much time reminiscing I did find myself missing details of the story than a few times I was listening to the Audible version and had to rewind this story several times to reorient myself For most listeners this probably won t be a problem It is always a little trickier to stay abreast of what s going on when listening to a story that bounces between multiple characters but this one was difficult for me because I kept getting lost in my own memoriesThe story itself was suspenseful and utterly captivating Alongside the vivid descriptions of the town and surrounding areas a full cast of characters makes this story stand out Everyone in this book has a story to tell The secrets betrayals and motivations are manyThe two characters that are the central focus of this story are on separate paths not intersecting until you are well into the story As the story unfolds past and present collide Will they be offered the chance to redeem themselvesRussell Gaines has just been released from prison after serving time for killing a young man He returns to his hometown where the brothers of his victim have been awaiting his release and their revenge for the duration of his imprisonment As with other characters the details of his past are revealed little by littleMaben is wandering alongside the Interstate when we first meet her Every possession she owns is carried in the trash bag thrown over her shoulder Along with her young daughter Annalee she trudges on toward the town she hasn t been to in years She is a much changed version of the girl she was when she left her hometown Addiction and loss have left their mark on her In an act of desperation she jeopardizes the only good thing that she has left in her lifeOverall I thought that this was a fantastic and engaging read I will probably go back to it at some point to catch the details that I suspect that I ve missed while I was reminiscing Even so it was a great story that kept me guessing right to the very end This author sucked me right in to the plight of these characters It is my first book by Michael Farris Smith but will not be my last

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Dans les paysages désolés de la campagne américaine un meurtre va réunir ces âmes perdues dont les vies vont bientôt ne plus tenir u'à un fil Michael Farris Smith possède un style et un talent d'évocation totalement singuliers ui vont droit au cœur du lecteur Avec ces personnages ui s'accrochent à la vie envers et contre tout il nous offre un magnifiue roman sur la condition humain. OKI have a new favorite authorMichael Farris SmithGet ready for a blast off beginning when you meet Maben and little Annabel struggling with heat and hunger as they walk the highway back to Mississippi as they meet up with danger and as they live with disappointment after disappointmentIn DESPERATION ROAD Bourbon Coke and Guns are the norm and ex con Russell Gaines takes no exception to the rule After eleven long tortuous years in prison Russell receives a shocking welcome home surprise and before he can even take a breath finds he must live his life constantly looking over his shoulder for the nasty revengeful types on the prowlAs the story evolves Russell receives another shocker when faced with a female name from the past that forces him into making a decision about the rest of his lifebut does he dare tell the whole storyI love this author I was immediately absorbed in the character s lives Smith s addictive writing style and his ability to make DESPERATION ROAD an unputdownable read for me Am already hooked on RIVERS Smith s sci fi thriller and am only a few chapters inMany thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown and Company for the ARC in exchange for an unbiased review


About the Author: Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the author of Blackwood 2020 The Fighter Desperation Road Rivers and The Hands of Strangers His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esuire Southern Living Book Riot and numerous others and have been named Indie Next Barnes & Noble Discover and Best of the Month selections His essays have appeared with The New York Times Bitter Southern



10 thoughts on “Desperation Road

  1. says:

    I picked up 'Desperation Road' after I kept seeing it pop up on my feed with several 5 star ratings I didn't read any of the reviews before I went into this book which was probably a good thing because I was able to experience everything fresh without any idea of what was going to transpire It ended up being uit

  2. says:

    Michael Farris Smith has written an effortlessly erudite complex and lucid novel of conseuence set in the ravaged town of McComb Mississippi It tells of the travails of lives brimful of pain unravelling under the relentless and searing southern heat It displays a bone deep understanding of Southern traditions and people and in the narrativ

  3. says:

    Having been an avid reader for my entire life I can pretty much tell early on—sometimes even within the first few chapters—when a book is going to be something special For me Desperation Road turned out to be one of those sometimes It was M

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    You are never strongerthan when you land on the other side of despair” ― Zadie Smith White Teeth Russell Gaines is back home after spending 11 years in Parchman Penitentiary and he believes he's paid his debt to society he just wants to get on with his life Others don't agree with him Revenge has a long memory and for those who live with it it's an all consuming beast that has to be acknowledged The small Southern to

  5. says:

    Yes yes YES This book was amazingDoes everyone deserve a second chance? Can we ever free ourselves from the yoke of the wrongs we've done or are we destined to pay for them forever? Is hope something all should feel entitled to or should we just accept that hope is a luxury not everyone can afford? These are jus

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    Best book I have read this year An absolute must readBeautifully written you can’t help but be drawn in by the vivid detail given to each characterRussell is an ex con just released from a Mississippi penitentiary after 11 long years Maben and her daughter Annalee are running from nowhere on their way to anywhere better than the past they left behindMultiple tragic events that initially appear to be independent of one

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    Retribution revenge mistakes that lead to life changing results all ualities that populate many books of southern fiction But in this author hands it is so much Flawed characters realistic characters but all treated with dignity and grace despite their bad decisions decisions that linger causing hurt and anger How to get past these and start again? A wonderful and tightly plotted book the pace is so even the writing extr

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    5 starsWhat a fantastic book What a great authorIn one review that I read it said you feel like your living it instead of reading itso true Oh Russell what a great character I worried about you through this entir

  9. says:

    OKI have a new favorite authorMichael Farris SmithGet ready for a blast off beginning when you meet Maben and little Annabel struggling with heat and hunger as they walk the highway back to Mississippi as they meet up with danger and as they live with disappointment after disappointmentIn DESPERATION ROAD Bourbon Coke and Guns are the norm

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    NOW AVAILABLE “Trouble been doggin' my soul since the day I was born” Ray LeMontagneWith the perfect ebb and flow of tension throughout this perfectly paced novel Michael Farris Smith has drawn an incredible

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