8th Street Power & Light by Eric Shonkwiler

“Shonkwiler is the fearless new voice of the American Heartland.”
—Taylor Brown, author of In the Season of Blood and Gold and Fallen Land

Paperback 5″ x 8″
List price: $15 Print / $4.99 ebook
ISBN: 978-1-944850-03-6
Publisher: MG Press
Language: English


In an abandoned Midwestern city, there’s one last vestige of order and days gone by: 8th Street Power & Light. Part government, gang, and power company, 8th Street tasks Samuel Parrish with keeping the city clear of meth and bootleg liquor. Most nights, Samuel tracks down criminals, while others find him navigating hazier avenues: in between drinking and fighting, he’s falling for his best friend’s girl. But when Samuel rousts a well-connected dealer, he uncovers a secret that threatens to put the city back in the dark.

Advance Praise

“The twists and turns will leave you breathless, but it’s Shonkwiler’s restraint with language and dialogue that’ll keep you coming back for more.
—Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan’s Inheritance

“Fans of hard-boiled noir will appreciate Shonkwiler’s style, in which spare syntax and tight dialogue rule the day. A star-crossed affair, unfolded with nuance, and the descriptions of a city lit up at night beat with the rhythm of poetry.”
—Britta Coleman, author of Potter Springs

“The world in Shonkwiler’s imagination is dark, electric, gritty. Thoroughly original work.”
—Kathy Fish, author of Rift and Together We Can Bury It

“This novel is also a riveting tale of love, friendship, compassion, and violence, and would make Raymond Chandler and Cormac McCarthy proud.
—Berit Ellingsen, author of Not Dark Yet

“Shonkwiler’s imagination wouldn’t pass any field sobriety tests. This is deranged stuff, but it’s also oddly tender.”
—Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade

“Shonkwiler’s world is made of rust. In this relentless novel, no life is safe, no story too far-fetched and no bone unbroken. There is a reckoning coming. You will need a tetanus shot.”
—Andrew F. Sullivan, author of WASTE and All We Want is Everything


“Shonkwiler genuinely shines is in his confident syntactical brevity.”
—Aram Mrjoian, Chicago Review of Books

“Page-turning suspense, moral tension, memorable characters, and well-landed endings.”
—A. Kratz, The Coil

“8th Street Power & Light hits the ground running from page one and doesn’t let up. A fast, interesting, post-apocalyptic romp.”
—Robert Meador, Front Porch Journal

About the Author

bio_pic_sqare_125Eric Shonkwiler is the author of Above All Men, a novel, and Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of novellas and stories. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Lit Pub, and The Millions. Born and raised in Ohio, he received his MFA from University of California-Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone.

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