Salvage This World


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$28.00  $26.04
Little Brown and Company
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6.36 X 9.5 X 0.98 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Farris Smith is an award-winning writer whose novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, NPR, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Book Riot, and numerous other outlets, and have been named Indie Next, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. He has also written the feature-film adaptations of his novels Desperation Road and The Fighter, titled for the screen as Rumble Through the Dark. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.


"With a cast of fierce, masterfully drawn characters set loose in gorgeous, hurricane-blasted landscapes, Salvage this World by Michael Farris Smith is riveting: I couldn't put it down."--Laird Hunt, National Book Award-nominated author of ZORRIE and NEVERHOME
"Audaciously prophetic. Here's a near-future and all too plausible southern noir in which the lawlessness already creeping into American democracy has become the norm and in which preachers have abandoned Christ and instead are searching for the new climate Messiah, and the line between good and evil is not only very thin but completely effaced. A rollicking good (dark) read."--Brian Evenson, author of LAST DAYS
"Man, did I like this one. Southern, wet and gritty. Storm-filled and laced with fear and tension, as well as realistic and engaging characters, I found this world grimly enticing."--Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Thicket and the Hap & Leonard Mysteries
"In this evocative noir of the Mississippi Delta... Smith perfectly depicts a landscape of dwindling resources and limited prospects, where crime turns out to be the most expedient solution. There's plenty of human drama in this gritty literary thriller."--Publishers Weekly
"A storm-tossed and demagogue-haunted book, set in a land of strip malls and thrift stores, in which a mother and child struggle to make their way through the literal and metaphorical dark."--John T. Edge, Garden & Gun
"An exceptional storyteller...Smith is building his own Faulkner-esque universe."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"With indelible imagery and elegiac prose, Salvage This World starts with the best set up ever and only gets tenser from there on out. Michael Farris Smith masterfully takes us on a ride into the growing darkness of a crumbling world. You couldn't ask for better than that."--Michael Connelly, bestselling author of the Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer series
"Michael Farris Smith bolsters his reputation as an intoxicating literary stylist. . . "Salvage This World" is a bruising, bracing read by a hell of a writer. If you consider life too short for uninspired sentences or nondescript locales, this book is for you."--John Brandon, NYTBR
"Farris Smith is in top form at the layered story's breathtaking climax, masterfully guiding disparate variables from a slow burn to an incendiary ending with suspenseful detail, multi-sensory pacing, and a future open to interpretation."--Claire Fullerton, New York Journal of Books
"This novel is as gritty as gravel. Gritty as in uncompromising. Gritty as in muddy river-sand in the eye, as in clenched, coffee-stained teeth. . . For fans of Southern gothic noir novels featuring humanity at both its best and its worst, readers need look no further than 'Salvage This World.' An illustrator of dark, light and all the gray in between, Michael Farris Smith is in peak form." --John Caleb Grenn, The Clarion-Ledger