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In the Beginning
In the Beginning: A short story prequel to the novel Rivers | Michael Farris Smith
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In this short story prequel to Michael Farris Smiths widely acclaimed novel Rivers (a Best Book of 2013 in BookRiot, Daily Candy, and Hudson Booksellers), a series of catastrophic hurricanes along the Gulf Coast prompts the government to institute The Line, a boundary between the coastal region and the rest of the country, effectively creating a lawless no-mans land without electricity, resources, or basic services. Those left behind include Aggie, a snake-handling preacher with a questionable past; Bub and Ava, who live in a FEMA trailer held down by cinderblocks; and Cohen, who refuses to evacuate and leave behind the graves of his late wife and child. As all four struggle to survive below The Line, their stories intersect with violent and unexpected consequences.
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What happens when the affects of Climate Change can no longer be ignored, when the government decides that it's easier to abandon the Gulf Coast than it is to rebuild and repair years of hurricane damage? And what happens to the people left behind? These are the questions Smith forces us to consider in this short prequel to his novel, Rivers. 👇

LikelyLibrarian Published in 2014, this story feels oddly prophetic, especially in light of last year's hurricane season. I live not far from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, so I when I read this with my Dystopian fiction students, it hit pretty close to home. 👇 2y
LikelyLibrarian Mississippi has long been the whipping boy of the rest of the nation, so it isn't hard to imagine our government abandoning our people and throwing away a part of our state like so much trash, but would it stop there? This is a must read for every coastal resident. 2y
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This is a short prequel. And short it is. And that is disappointing, because I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. I cannot wait to jump into Rivers, pardon the pun. I LOVED Desperation Road by the same author. One of my new favorite modern authors.

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djm001
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I'm a tangible book person, but sometimes physical copies aren't published and copies are only available digitally. I have a tablet now for this purpose. This was my first digital purchase. It's a prequel novella to a book I liked called Rivers by Michael Farris Smith.