The Hands of Strangers


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5.5 X 8.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Farris Smith is the author of Desperation Road (forthcoming, February 2017), The Fighter (forthcoming, 2018), Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. He is the recipient of the MLA's Mississippi Author Award for Fiction and the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction. Rivers was named to numerous Best of the Year lists and his short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Mississippi with his wife and daughters.


"A fantastic debut... Smith eloquently captures the damaged souls of two people crumbling under the weight of uncertainty and waning hope. In this anxiety-ridden little gem, Smith captures the essence of the helpless, making more of an impact than most novels three times its size." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The influence of Hemingway lingers in the present-day Paris of The Hands of Stranger, but Smith's writing is strong enough to hold its own within that giant shadow. This is a bracing story of the quotidian hell of grief and loss, with hope glimmering, faintly, over the horizon. Which is to say, a book you will not be able to put down." Matthew Guinn, Edgar-nominated author of The Resurrectionist "The only sensible response to reading The Hands of Strangers is to become a Michael Farris Smith fan for life. It's a stunning novella. Smith gets straight to the essence of what tears us apart, and he does it with absolute humanity." Michael Kardos, author of The Three Day Affair "We can relate to these people: we've all seen bad things happen, we've all been tested and tired and put to the limit... In a place like Paris, where people are always moving about and soaking things up, translation can get tricky. By the end, you've decided what you'd do: who you'd be--and that might surprise you."