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Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast, stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border, has been brought to its knees. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules.

Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. Until now he hasn’t had the strength to leave them behind, even to save himself.

But after his home is ransacked and all of his carefully accumulated supplies stolen, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region.

Realizing what’s in store for the women Aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down, and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every once in a while an author comes along who’s in love with art and the written language and image and literary experiment and the complexity of his characters and the great mysteries that lie just on the other side of the physical world, writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith’s name to the list.”

    James Lee Burke, New York Times bestselling author of Creole Belle and The Tin Roof Blowdown

  • “A hurricane-force debut novel that will soak you with its beautiful sadness and blow you away with its prescience about the weather-wild world that awaits us.”

    Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

  • “A story so powerful, I thought it was going to ignite every time I picked the damn thing up.…This is an important book. Pick it up—I bet you won’t be able to put it down.”

    Frank Bill, author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana

  • “A compelling plot, fueled by a mounting sense of tension and hope in the face of increasing hopelessness, will keep readers engrossed to the very end. Tense, moving, and expertly executed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Selected for the September 2013 Indie Next List
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