Michael Patrick F. Smith
Short List: “2022 Zócalo Book Prize“
The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood, and Transformation in an American Boomtown
From the Publisher: Like thousands of restless men left unmoored in the wake of the 2008 economic crash, Michael Patrick Smith arrived in the fracking boomtown of Williston, North Dakota five years later homeless, unemployed, and desperate for a job. Renting a mattress on a dirty flophouse floor, he slept boot to beard with migrant men who came from all across America and as far away as Jamaica, Africa and the Philippines. They ate together, drank together, argued like crows and searched for jobs they couldn’t get back home.
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