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Author of OHIO: Stephen Markley

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On "Ohio": 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 night in 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, racial hostility, 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. 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. “Stephen Markley is an expert cartographer of the American Rust Belt and the haunted landscapes of his characters' interiors. A fast-moving and devastating debut.” —Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia! 

Check out his website: https://www.stephenmarkley.com

Upcoming events: https://www.stephenmarkley.com/events/

Book reviews on Ohio: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36373372-ohio

Where to buy Ohio: https://www.amazon.com/Ohio-Stephen-Markley/dp/1501174479/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535325214&sr=8-1&keywords=ohio+stephen+markley