Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Desperation Road

Desperation Road / Michael Farris Smith, 286 pp.

A fast, engrossing read about two people living very close to the edge.    Maben is on the run with a shotgun that doesn't belong to her and a small, exhausted daughter in the Mississippi Delta.  Russell has just left the Mississippi State Penitentiary when he is greeted by enemies from before his time in prison.  They will meet, but it's not clear whether they will be able to help one another.

Excellent pacing, terrific dialogue, and a strong sense of the small-town south that dispenses with the usual southern cliches.  Recommended.

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