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THE DELUGE de Stephen Markley

Ohio author Stephen Markley’s next novel THE DELUGE is a novel tracing the lives of seven characters as they navigate a rapidly changing America of extreme politics, natural disasters, and solidarity. Within its pages, readers will find what Rebecca Solnit calls “hope in the dark”: wild possibility in the face of staggering odds.

THE DELUGE
by Stephen Markley
Simon & Schuster, September 2022
(via Writers House)

A masterful, urgent American epic, THE DELUGE tells a thirty year saga that begins in the recent past as untenable cracks in climate and civilization are emerging. Markley tells the gripping, intertwining stories of a controversial oceanographer, a cruel, drug-addled deadbeat, a rock star PR strategist, a brilliant young mathematician and climate modeler, a freshly minted college graduate and wannabe writer, a charismatic climate change celebrity activist, and a clandestine eco-terrorist group by the name of 6Degrees as they are dramatically thrust into decisions of reckoning and resistance as their courage or cowardice decides the fate of our world.

Stephen Markley is an author, screenwriter, and journalist. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Markley’s previous books include the novel Ohio, 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.

OHIO de Stephen Markley

A murder mystery, a social critique, and a hallucinatory dream of America at the dawn of a turbulent new age, OHIO ingeniously captures the fractured zeitgeist of a nation through the viewfinder of a wheezing, midwestern town

OHIO
by Stephen Markley
Simon & Schuster, August 2018

Markley’s ambitious foray into fiction reunites four high school classmates on a fateful summer night in their Ohio hometown, in what reads like a darker-themed epilog to Friday Night Lights…Markley’s prose sparkles with insight and supports an intricate narrative architecture that recalls Nathan Hill’s The Nix and Patrick Somerville’s This Bright River…highly recommended for all literary collections.”—Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

« Reporters have fanned out in search of answers to Middle America’s decline and Trumpist desperation, but Markley is one of the first novelists to fully reflect the social forces at work without sacrificing an iota of character work or narrative tension. Drawing on the reunion-novel tradition, he brings together four alumni of the same (fictional) Ohio high school on one momentous evening a decade after graduation, each with their own pattern of escape and return—and their own mission of repentance or retribution. »—Vulture (NYMAG.COM) 

[A] standout debut…Markley’s novel is alternately disturbing and gorgeous, providing a broad view of the anxieties of a post-9/11 Middle America and the complexities of the humans who navigate them.” —Publishers Weekly

The debut of a major talent; a lyrical and emotional novel set in an archetypal small town in northeastern Ohio—a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—depicting one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013 when four former classmates converge on their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories.
Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.
On one fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rust belt town where they grew up, each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, lost loves. There’s Bill Ashcraft, an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist, whose fruitless ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to New Orleans, and now back to “The Cane” with a mysterious package strapped to the underside of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting the mother of her former lover; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.

Stephen Markley is an author, screenwriter, and journalist. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Markley’s previous books include the memoir Publish This BookThe Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book, and the travelogue Tales of Iceland.