“Stark, compelling, and impossible to ignore. Shonkwiler’s prose rises and falls in poetic fashion; he has an excellent grasp of rhythm.” –Kenrick Vezina, Foreword Reviews
“Painfully beautiful shots. His imagery is that arresting…We can hope Eric Shonkwiler’s future is fraught with books as honed as this one.” –Ann Beman, museum of americana
“Shonkwiler’s words are brilliantly poetic—quiet creepers that seem stark and undecorated on the surface, but the lines hum with underlying emotion.” –Leah Angstman, Los Angeles Review of Books
“An entirely rewarding read.” –Jacob Budenz, jmww
“Shonkwiler creates a very distinctive, memorable story. We practically breathe in the dust that rises up out of nowhere, beautiful and terrifying.” –Jennifer Messner, Books, Personally
“Above All Men is a book you will not find yourself capable of walking away from…It’s a tale of survival as much as it is one of destruction. And Shonkwiler pulls it off effortlessly.” –Lori Hettler, The Next Best Book Blog
“Shonkwiler has taken an iconic landscape and filtered it through near-collapse and fear, then through loyalty and love.”
–Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist
“Sparse and poetic, the words within these pages are as sharp as a corn knife.”
—Frank Bill, author of Donnybrook and Crimes in Southern Indiana
“A rare, stark and beautiful achievement.”
—Paula Bomer, author of Nine Months
About the Author
Eric Shonkwiler’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from The University of California Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone.
Eric will be embarking on a cross-country book tour to promote Above All Men starting March 2014. For a list of venues and dates, click here.