Today, I’m super excited to be hosting the next stop on the blog tour for The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith, published by No Exit Press.
From the author of Desperation Road, longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2017
The acres and acres of fertile soil, the two-hundred year old antebellum house, all gone. And so is the woman who gave it to him. The foster mother who saved Jack Boucher from a childhood of abandonmnet now rests in a hospice. Her mind mind eroded by dementia, the family legacy she entrusted to Jack is now owned by banks and strangers. And Jack’s mind has begun to fail, too, as concussion after concussion forces him to carry around a notebook of names that separate friend from foe.
But in a single twisted night Jack is derailed. Losing the money that will clear his debt with the queen of Delta vice, and forcing Jack into the fighting pit one last time the stakes nothing less than life or death.
What I say:
Wow, what can I say to do this book justice?
This is the second book I have read from this author and my what an emotive and character-filled story.
Jack is a fighter, he always has been since he was abandoned as a baby through to his adult life. After many concussions in the ring, Jack is losing his memory and his foster mother, the only mother he has known, is in a care home after succumbing to dementia. Up to his eyeballs in debt and unable to pay them off he steps into the cage once again. Possibly for thee last time – but is this one fight too far?
I loved Jack’s character, a twisted, tormented soul trying to fight for his life who is slowly losing control and all he holds dear. He’s sometimes erratic thoughts which was told from both the past and present point of view made this an intriguing and tension-filled story, full of anguish and despair.
The author manages to inject the same depth of emotion and desperation in this novel as he did in Desperation Road. The pain and raw heartache of the characters infiltrates every part of this story, this made me feel not only sympathetic but also made me want to fight beside Jack – willing him on.
This is a compelling, rich story full of raw emotion and despair – I would highly recommend!
About the Author:
Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of several novels, including Desperation Road (Amazon Best Books, Barnes & Noble Discover pick, Indie Next selection), Rivers (for which he received the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction), and The Hands of Strangers. He 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. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.
To find out more about Michael Farris Smith follow him on twitter @michael_f_smith.
The Fighter is not out yet and will be released on 29th March. It be preordered from Amazon here.
Big thanks to Anne Cater and No Exit Press for allowing me to be a part of this tour.
Don’t forget to check out all the other stops on this blog tour!