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Cormac McCarthy was long an influence of mine before this novel. It is one of the few books I can recall that has kept me awake at night. It is bleak, gritty, hurtful, and I think extraordinarily human.
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Michael Farris Smith is the recipient of the Mississippi Author Award, Transatlantic Review Award, Brick Streets Press Short Story Award, Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. A graduate of Mississippi State and the Center for Writers at Southern Miss, Michael currently resides in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters. In his book Rivers, out today in paperback, he draws from his Southern roots to tell a powerful story of survival and redemption set in the post-Katrina South after violent storms have decimated the region. Reviewers have compared Michael to a slew of Southern literary greats—Cormac McCarthy, Faulkner, Larry Brown and Margaret Atwood, to name a few—but Off the Shelf was curious about who Michael considered to be his biggest influences while writing his book. Here, he gives us a strong mix of dystopian, post-apocalyptic and New Orleanian.[post_title] => Southern Roots: 4 Books On Michael Farris Smith's Shelf [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => southern-roots-4-books-on-michael-farris-smiths-shelf [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-09-12 07:46:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-09-12 11:46:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://offtheshelf.com/?p=5037 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )