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Michael Farris Smith is an American writer from Mississippi. As of 2021, Smith has published six novels: The Hands of Strangers , Rivers , Desperation Road , The Fighter , Blackwood , and Nick . Early life and education Michael Farris Smith was born in McComb, Mississippi. He was raised in a deeply religious family; Smith's father was a Southern Baptist minister. His family moved around many times, and lived in Magnolia, Mississippi. Smith attended South Pike High School and graduated from Parklane Academy in 1988. He played baseball at Southwest Mississippi Community College. He earned a B.A. from Mississippi State University, an M.Ed. from William Carey College and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating from Mississippi State, Smith spent several years living abroad in Switzerland and France. He began writing fiction while studying at the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers. Smith taught at Auburn University and at Mississippi University for Women, where he was an associate professor of English.
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