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Review of Desperation Road

Updated: May 21, 2023

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith is a gripping and heart-wrenching novel that will leave you breathless from start to finish. The story follows the lives of two individuals, Russell and Maben, who are haunted by their past mistakes and resentments. Russell is just out of prison and is determined to set his life straight, while Maben is a mother who only has her young daughter and inner resiliency to leave her past behind.

As they both begin their journey to redemption, they find themselves crossing paths and facing new challenges. The writing in this novel is stunning, and the characters are so vividly portrayed that you can't help but root for them every step of the way.

What I loved about this novel is that it tackles difficult topics such as addiction, poverty, and trauma with such sensitivity and honesty. The author has a way of depicting the small, everyday struggles of these characters that make them so relatable and human.

Overall, Desperation Road is a beautifully written novel that is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys character-driven stories and tales of resilience and hope. Michael Farris Smith has crafted a masterpiece with this book, which is not to be missed.

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