The memoir that documents the strange parallels between my first wife’s illness and death and my stepdaughter’s battle and recovery three years later is now available.

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An Interview With Linda Michel-Cassidy On My Writing of the Memoir!

Just click on the cover below or follow the link to the site!

https://www.wtawpress.org/copy-of-2017-interview-mike-smith

 

Now Available

Dear Friends,

Please help me spread the word! It looks like the memoir that documents the parallels between my first wife’s illness and death and my stepdaughter’s battle and recovery is now available through Amazon.

A little early, and at a discount.

 

 

And There Was Evening and There Was Morning

The memoir that documents the strange parallels between my first wife’s illness and death and my stepdaughter’s battle and recovery three years later is now available for pre-order through SPD and Amazon.

http://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780998801414/and-there-was-evening-and-there-was-morning.aspx

https://www.amazon.com/There-Was-Evening-Morning/dp/0998801410/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502888967&sr=8-2&keywords=and+there+was+evening

 

Can a Novel Be a Fugue?

Can a memoir?

 

 

August 4th is the last day to pre-order my memoir at a discount!

A moving nonfiction debut by Mississippi Delta poet Mike Smith, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning documents the strange set of coincidences between his first wife’s illness and his stepdaughter’s similar battle the year his second marriage began, and examines blended families, remarriage, and the influence of spirituality upon loss.

“What a gift Mike Smith has given us in the pages of And There Was Evening and There Was Morning.  He tells of his “two Emilys,” as first his wife and, later, his step daughter battle cancer, one dying and one surviving.  He is a clear-eyed and trustworthy guide through the harrowing kingdoms of illness and grieving.  His prose is nuanced, his voice considered and considerate, his wisdom hard-earned but never bitter.  There is beauty and solace here and gorgeous imagery.” — Beth Ann Fennelly

Brimming with hard-earned truths, Smith’s memoir doesn’t simply plumb the depths of grief. He deftly weaves in his late wife’s brilliant theological insights and his own strong tether to literature while telling a sweeping love story that is also about loss and hope and renewal.” — Julianna Baggott

“Rarely does a book demand so much strength of a reader as does Mike Smith’s And There Was Evening, And There Was Morning. Seductive to read, it is a minefield of heartbreak on every page. Smith loses his first wife here to cancer just months after the birth of their second child. The book is a stunned, out of body experience.” — Tony D’Souza

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The Scorpion and the Frog: A Zombie Fable

Are you not the most whole and worthy of
reptiles? But for place you must even have
 
given up your journey — or have been
drowned in this world grief has
 
won and what is your reward? If it had
not been for the world I should have been
 
stung to death. “Blame me not. I saw things
in hearts and minds It is there my fault.
 
Blood is that of waves or particles;
It is conflagration.”
 
Here’s the original:
 
“Are you not the most wicked and ungrateful of reptiles? But for me you must either have given up your journey, or have been drowned in that stream, and what is my reward? If it had not been for the armour which God has given me, I should have been stung to death. ‘Blame me not,’ said the scorpion, in a supplicatory tone, ‘it is not my fault; it is that of my nature; it is a constitutional habit I have of stinging.’”
 

The Bright Hour

I don’t think I have it in me to tackle the whole book, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the excerpts I’ve read and ruminating over the many lovely responses to Nina Riggs’ The Bright Hour, which is justly receiving great praise. So many parallels to my Emily…same exact diagnosis, similar age (Emily was 36; Nina 37), both mothers to two small children, the city of Greensboro, N.C., UNC-G. Emily died four months after diagnosis; Nina 2 years, but both their books appeared posthumously, etc. etc.

I can’t yet read it all the way through, but you should.

 

 

ARC in HAND!

What a wonderful surprise!

My Advance Reading Copies for the memoir arrived today

and I could not be happier! Thank you, WTAW PRESS!

 

         

 

MEMOIR NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Dear Friends,
I’m thrilled to announce that my memoir, And There Was Evening and There Was Morning, is now available for pre-order directly from WTAW press. You can read all about the book and see the cover below, Plus, you get a $2.00 discount for pre-ordering!!!

Just click on the image of the cover on the right!

(Those of you who know something of the story I tell will know just how much it meant to me to write that first sentence. No project has meant or could mean more to me.)

http://https://www.wtawpress.org/2017-book-catalogue