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Stephen Markley

OHIO is a thrilling and lyrical novel that marks the debut of a major voice in American fiction. Stephen Markley has constructed an unforgettable portrait of rural American life in the 21st  century, for a generation that inherited a recession and watched 9/11 and never-ending wars unfold from their classrooms, against the backdrop of the Rust Belt, a region ravaged by foreclosures and opioid addiction. 

This critically acclaimed “remarkable debut novel…a wild, angry and devastating masterpiece of a book” (NPR) is a lyrical, emotional, and “genuinely absorbing” (Washington Post) story set in northeastern Ohio depicting one feverish, fateful summer night when as four former classmates return to their hometown, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories.

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Ten years after graduation, four former high school classmates converge on their hometown, each still haunted by old regrets, secrets, and lost loves. The deceptive magnet of New Canaan, Ohio, will pull them back for one long, fateful summer night.

Markley’s observations of this embattled time are beautifully told with incredible characters and utterly stunning prose. Remarkably, Markley began OHIO as backward-looking exploration of the impact that 9/11 and the resulting events had on his generation but instead has created a story that feels almost prophetic in its exploration of the forces that created our current political climate. 

Most importantly, Markley is a gorgeous and gifted writer; he masterfully weaves together the narratives of his protagonists through a variety of perspectives and timelines that culminate in a breathtaking ending that will blow you sideways.  

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ISBN: 9781501174476
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018