Ohio

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 sh The debut of a major talent; a lyrical and emotional novel set in an archetypal small town in northeastern Ohio?a r...

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Title:Ohio
Author:Stephen Markley
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1501174479
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:484 pages pages

Ohio Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 09, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

  • Cheri
    Jul 26, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

  • Jessica
    Jun 15, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

  • Lisa
    Jun 05, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Sep 10, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of OHIO by Stephen Markley - all opinions are my own. This book essentially reads like four novellas strung together by a common thread of place and time. It?s an incredibly brilliant, concordantly constructed debut t...

    This one. Not for the faint of heart. And I most certainly needed this Pinot to get through the end. But man, it is gripping, gritty, sad, and well worth the time. I just finished and it will definitely be on my mind for weeks to come. I had heard good things but seriously had no...

    Not an Ohioan myself but I can so relate to the story. Even details aside, I think many of these scenes are relatable also in other states and foreign western countries. Must believe Stephen Marley will have a major breakthrough with this book - as a fictional writer, I mean. Many than...

    The Great Recession, wars and political unrest left scars on the town of New Canaan, an unremarkable and stagnant town trapped in a gridlock of apathy and economic loss. New Canaan became a living ghost town, its inhabitants shells of empty potential. Four former classmates will com...

    Ohio is a big book with big ambitions. Stephen Markley has written a book that intends to take in the sweep of what it is to be an American in a specific place and time, and he mostly nails it. Bill returns to the Ohio town of New Canaan to deliver a package. He spends his first hours ...

    I received this for free from NetGalley in exchange for my review. This ambitious novel tries to capture the struggles of a generation in a small Ohio town as they grow into adulthood following 9/11. War, drug use, financial struggle, friendship, and guilt play out through a small grou...

  • Joseph
    Mar 18, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Aug 21, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 06, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

  • Kelly
    Aug 28, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

  • Liz
    Aug 09, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

  • Susanne Strong
    Sep 05, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

  • Julie
    Sep 05, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

  • Loring Wirbel
    Apr 10, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

  • Judy
    Aug 03, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

  • Bam
    Aug 22, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

  • Dianne
    Jul 11, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of OHIO by Stephen Markley - all opinions are my own. This book essentially reads like four novellas strung together by a common thread of place and time. It?s an incredibly brilliant, concordantly constructed debut t...

    This one. Not for the faint of heart. And I most certainly needed this Pinot to get through the end. But man, it is gripping, gritty, sad, and well worth the time. I just finished and it will definitely be on my mind for weeks to come. I had heard good things but seriously had no...

    Not an Ohioan myself but I can so relate to the story. Even details aside, I think many of these scenes are relatable also in other states and foreign western countries. Must believe Stephen Marley will have a major breakthrough with this book - as a fictional writer, I mean. Many than...

    The Great Recession, wars and political unrest left scars on the town of New Canaan, an unremarkable and stagnant town trapped in a gridlock of apathy and economic loss. New Canaan became a living ghost town, its inhabitants shells of empty potential. Four former classmates will com...

  • Donna Davis
    Jul 09, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

  • Donna
    Mar 21, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

  • Janelle
    Aug 21, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of OHIO by Stephen Markley - all opinions are my own. This book essentially reads like four novellas strung together by a common thread of place and time. It?s an incredibly brilliant, concordantly constructed debut t...

  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    Aug 23, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of OHIO by Stephen Markley - all opinions are my own. This book essentially reads like four novellas strung together by a common thread of place and time. It?s an incredibly brilliant, concordantly constructed debut t...

    This one. Not for the faint of heart. And I most certainly needed this Pinot to get through the end. But man, it is gripping, gritty, sad, and well worth the time. I just finished and it will definitely be on my mind for weeks to come. I had heard good things but seriously had no...

  • Alison Hardtmann
    Nov 16, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of OHIO by Stephen Markley - all opinions are my own. This book essentially reads like four novellas strung together by a common thread of place and time. It?s an incredibly brilliant, concordantly constructed debut t...

    This one. Not for the faint of heart. And I most certainly needed this Pinot to get through the end. But man, it is gripping, gritty, sad, and well worth the time. I just finished and it will definitely be on my mind for weeks to come. I had heard good things but seriously had no...

    Not an Ohioan myself but I can so relate to the story. Even details aside, I think many of these scenes are relatable also in other states and foreign western countries. Must believe Stephen Marley will have a major breakthrough with this book - as a fictional writer, I mean. Many than...

    The Great Recession, wars and political unrest left scars on the town of New Canaan, an unremarkable and stagnant town trapped in a gridlock of apathy and economic loss. New Canaan became a living ghost town, its inhabitants shells of empty potential. Four former classmates will com...

    Ohio is a big book with big ambitions. Stephen Markley has written a book that intends to take in the sweep of what it is to be an American in a specific place and time, and he mostly nails it. Bill returns to the Ohio town of New Canaan to deliver a package. He spends his first hours ...

  • Nancy
    Aug 06, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

  • Mackey
    Jul 27, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

  • Marjorie
    Jun 27, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

  • Amy
    Aug 24, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

  • Tucker
    Aug 30, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

  • Jenny
    Aug 21, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

  • Joyce
    Mar 18, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Dec 08, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

  • Sandra Van
    Sep 13, 2018

    4 Stars. Four former friends converge on the town they grew up in: New Canaan, Ohio. Bound together for better or worse, each have their own reasons for returning and each person?s story intertwines in a way that is dark, evocative and simply jaw-dropping. This town is desolat...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is a 2018 Simon & Schuster publication. New Canaan, Ohio The Rust Belt- By now the plight of those living in a what is commonly known as ?The Rust Belt", is etched into our consciousness. A marginalized area simmering in hostility, hammered by a ...

    I picked this up because someone compared it to The Big Chill, one of my favorite movies of all time. The book starts with a prelude, a stream of consciousness narrative during a parade in memory of Rick, who was killed Iraq. The book then jumps 6 years to 2013. Then it divides i...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars ?Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it g...

    Everything in life depends on the decisions that you make, some more important than others. Sometimes the most innocuous decision has the greatest ramifications and effect on our lives. Ohio by Stephen Markley is a fictional account of a town that prosperity has forgotten. New Canaan,...

    Stephen Markley?s first fiction book, OHIO, is definitely not for the faint of heart. Having written previous non-fiction books, Markley undertakes an ambitious project writing about a rural, Northeaster, Ohio town suffering from the Great Recession, the opioid crisis and the after-e...

    Where to begin! At the beginning, I guess. Ohio is a sprawling novel that?s divided into four sections, each told from the point of view of one of four high school classmates all reappearing in their hometown of New Canaan, Ohio, on a night ten years after their graduation. The first...

    "Riding back To where the highway met Dead end tracks The ground is now cement and glass And far away Heal her soul, carry her, my angel, Ohio Green green youth What about the sweetness we knew What about what's good what's true From those days Can't count to All the lovers...

    ?Ohio? is fiction that probes issues that have received a lot of news attention the past two years - marginalization, loss of hope, disillusionment, economic decline, and drug addiction in middle America. The personal fallout is seen through the eyes of four main characters in thei...

    Ohio by Stephen Markley is the story of a Rust Belt town and the people who live in it. Markley is the author of the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. Growing up and living in...

    The setting for this gritty novel is New Canaan, Ohio, a small town in northeast Ohio, hard hit by the economic downturn, whose major industries are long gone and the biggest employer is Walmart. The heroes of the town have been the high school football players who could pretty muc...

    Full review featuring GIFs from The Office that make things slightly less sad on my blog, The Litness. This book brought me to tears, but it was in no way because of my connection to the characters, the plot, or the setting. This is basically like if Henry Miller and Ernest Hemingwa...

    This seems to be one of the buzziest books of the season, but it did NOTHING for me. It seems to be pretty standard Literary White Guy? fare: kind of dry and self-indulgent. So I'm abandoning it halfway through. ...

    Markley?s thunderous debut is not to be missed. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early, but this is one of the rare times I can say that if I?d paid full hardcover price, it would have been worth it. This is the summer?s...

    Wow! This book touched on all the crises of our times - the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism and violence against America, the opiod crisis, the recession that devastated the country, and more. At once it is a mystery but also a slice of life for today. I found it totally engross...

    Four classmates come back to the hometown of New Canaan one summer. Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic and drug abuser and has completely lost his way. Stacey Moore comes back to confront the mother of her former girlfriend. Dan Eaton is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and has never forgot...

    This novel is set in a small town in northeastern Ohio, where four friends return home in 2013 and find there are ongoing ripples and consequences from their schooldays. The author gets small town midwestern culture right and writes deeply about the individual characters. This could pr...

    I made myself finish Ohio by Stephen Markley. It is well written, beautiful writing at times, and the characters are well drawn and the theme timely and the plot is part a mystery and part a character study of a whole cadre of classmates. But it is dark, gruesome, shocking, and viol...

    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...

    This is the kind of totally immersive novel that can keep you up at night. One night in 2013, four former classmates find themselves once more in New Canaan, Ohio, or as they call it, The Cane. Their reasons differ, but each is afforded a novella-length section for their story to be to...

    DNF!! I really wanted to like this book. Being from Northeast Ohio, I was so excited and thought I?d relate to this book but unfortunately I couldn?t get through this book. I made it to around 50% through and couldn?t get into the characters or the writing style. This book jus...

    This is quite an achievement for a debut novel, though the despair of growing up in a small town in the Midwest as Markley pictures it is unrelenting. In the case of Ohio, the despair is not just the singular sort of "lives of quiet desperation" strung out on opioids, but a broader des...

    2 stars This is an interesting debut novel. This books is a story about four late-twenties people who are tortured by their past. They came from a small town in Ohio nicknamed ?The Cane? for New Canaan, Ohio. They are trying to forge a future for themselves. The town its...

    BookExpo Adult Editor?s Buzz 2018 This is my kind of storytelling. It's gritty and real and honest and dark. Shit happens, high school shit that carries on into lives beyond. Some move on and forget, but most do not and haunted they are. I'm making this sound like a thriller but i...

    Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy of OHIO by Stephen Markley - all opinions are my own. This book essentially reads like four novellas strung together by a common thread of place and time. It?s an incredibly brilliant, concordantly constructed debut t...

    This one. Not for the faint of heart. And I most certainly needed this Pinot to get through the end. But man, it is gripping, gritty, sad, and well worth the time. I just finished and it will definitely be on my mind for weeks to come. I had heard good things but seriously had no...

    Not an Ohioan myself but I can so relate to the story. Even details aside, I think many of these scenes are relatable also in other states and foreign western countries. Must believe Stephen Marley will have a major breakthrough with this book - as a fictional writer, I mean. Many than...