Ohio

Ohio

One sweltering night in 2013, four former high school classmates converge on their hometown in northeastern Ohio. There?s Bill Ashcraft, a passionate, drug-abusing young activist whose flailing ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to post-BP New Orleans, and now back home with a mysterious package strapped to the undercarriage of his truck; Stacey Moore, One sweltering night in 2013, four former high school classmates converge on their hometown in northeastern Ohio. ...

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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
    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
    !! 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 Jeffers
    Jun 15, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Joseph Spuckler
    Mar 18, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    This book is gritty, real, and will hit you hard like a gut punch. All the stars for this one. ...
  • Liz
    Aug 09, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • debra
    Jan 08, 2019
    I must preface my comments by acknowledging that reviewers whose opinions I respect really, really, really liked this,and I wanted to really, really, really like it too, but it just wasn't for me. Beautifully written, but, IMHO, often overwritten. Also, IMHO, the v repetitive "spee...
  • Dianne
    Jul 11, 2018
    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...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Jan 01, 2019
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ ?You haven?t heard of The Murder That Never Was?? Starting off 2019 with a 5 Star read got me like . . . . . Go read my friend Liz?s review because that?s how I heard about Ohio in the first place ...
  • Donna Davis
    Jul 09, 2018
    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
    "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 • She Reads with Cats
    Aug 21, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Nancy
    Aug 06, 2018
    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
    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
    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-GallivantingPages
    Aug 24, 2018
    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...
  • lucky little cat
    Feb 08, 2019
    DNF with strong opinions at chapter 1. Drat you, Stephen Markley. Your prose is that of the MFA program male wunderkind, endlessly head-patted for your showboating This calls for a strong dose of Bruce Springsteen's butt in creative writing seminars. In your faux-elegiac o...
  • Tucker
    Aug 30, 2018
    ?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
    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,...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jun 11, 2019
    After chatting with a friend in great detail, I've decided to cut my losses and DNF this one. I totally respect what the author is trying to do here, but this one just isn't for me, and if I had pushed through, I would have been wholly dissatisfied. *Many thanks to the publisher fo...
  • Joyce
    Mar 18, 2018
    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...