A Novel

Book - 2019 | First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
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"The debut of a major talent; a lyrical and emotional novel set in an archetypal small town in northeastern Ohio--a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--depicting one feverish, fateful summer nightin 2013 when four former classmates converge on their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories. Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racialhostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country's forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley's brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan. On one fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rust belt town where they grew up, each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, lost loves. There's Bill Ashcraft, an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist, whose fruitless ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to New Orleans, and now back to "The Cane" with a mysterious package strapped to the underside of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting the mother of her former lover; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he's tried to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the captain of the football team triggers the novel's shocking climax. At once a murder mystery and a social critique, Ohio ingeniously captures the fractured zeitgeist of a nation through the viewfinder of an embattled Midwestern town and offers a prescient vision for America at the dawn of a turbulent new age"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501174483
Characteristics: 484 pages, 11 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 02, 2019

Beautiful, heart and gut wrenching.

May 21, 2019

~ Dust off your high-school annual, you’ll cherish it more now, than ever. This is like 3 novels with the same group of people, that eventually meld into one. It's not just the rust belt, but a reflection of any community USA today, we’re just divided. Bypass the spoken argument, let all sides have a say in this novel. Being the author's fiction writing debut, he has the uncanniest ability to depict such a vast number of characters, yet centralize on his important few & tie past with present. Thus keeps the reader hooked. It’s just plain, beautiful writing. Hard to put down, a great read. Keep an eye out for this author, he’s a master of his trade & will likely have an immense following.

Oct 22, 2018

Holy Hell! This man can write! Heartbreaking, poetic, hard-to-describe story. Teenage loyalties that affect adult choices, 'rust-belt' community crimes, first-love...longing, betrayal...this has it all. You won't love every character, but you will understand why they become the way they are...


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