Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith audiobook

Blackwood

By Michael Farris Smith
Read by Mike McColl

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown, Hachette Book Group 9780316529815
5.31 Hours Unabridged
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A timeless, mythical, spiritual tale of love and harm, of unforgiving justice and elusive grace set amongst the enigmatic kudzu of rural Mississippi The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good. The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts- of regret and violence- transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still. Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who's returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with the local bar owner Celia. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gifts of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. The vagabonds represent the vagabond hearts of the townsfolk themselves; the evil in the woods, the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.

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Summary

Summary

A timeless, mythical, spiritual tale of love and harm, of unforgiving justice and elusive grace set amongst the enigmatic kudzu of rural Mississippi

The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can be accepting, rational, even good.

The opposite is true: this is a landscape of fear and ghosts- of regret and violence- transformed by the kudzu vines that have enveloped the hills around it, swallowing homes, cars, rivers, and hiding a terrible secret deeper still.

Colburn, a junkyard sculptor who's returned to Red Bluff, knows this pain all too well, though he too is willing to hope for more when he meets and falls in love with the local bar owner Celia. The Deep South gives these noble, broken, and driven folks the gifts of human connection while bestowing upon them the crippling weight of generations. The vagabonds represent the vagabond hearts of the townsfolk themselves; the evil in the woods, the wickedness that lurks in each and every one of us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Michael Farris Smith uses the rampant growth of kudzu as a metaphor for the generational secrets and sins that in 1975 are suffocating the Mississippi hill of Red Bluff…and the stage is set for a Southern Gothic tale that is filled with pain and passion and something darker.” New York Times
“As in the best noir, a soul-strangling inevitability hangs over Red Bluff, yet somehow Smith gives his doomed characters a dignity in the face of forces well beyond their control.” Booklist (starred review)
“[A] page turner, written in smooth prose. It includes staples of Southern noir, such as a good ol’ boy sheriff, a psychic reader, a gaunt teen lurking at night, lots of beer drinking and folks gone missing.” Associated Press
“Atmospheric and riveting.” Pittsburg Post-Gazette
“In the South of Smith’s fiction, no portion of our landscape is too humble or hardscrabble to warrant study.” Mississippi Clarion Ledger
“Unsettling, heartbreaking, and frequently astonishing, this Southern gothic never runs out of revelations….A gleaming, dark masterpiece by one of Southern fiction’s leading voices.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Michael Farris Smith is one of the best writers of his generation.” Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Farris Smith

Author Bio: Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith, the author of several books, is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South Magazine, and more.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English