Good evening, bloggers! Awhile back, I bought a copy of “Ohio,” mainly because the cover and title caught my interest. Then I read the description and I thought, “This ought to be a good one.” So here you are:
The story is told from the points-of-view of four former classmates who make their way back to New Canaan, Ohio, a decade later in the summer of 2013, each of them with unfinished business to settle. Meanwhile, the country is facing a recession, war, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a fear of environmental calamity. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing, including suicides, as well as addictions.
Bill Ashcraft is an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist who drives from New Orleans to New Canaan to deliver a mysterious package; Stacey Moore is a doctoral candidate who is on a mission to confront the mother of her former lover; Dan Eaton is a veteran of three tours in Iraq and is back home only to end up on a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and then there’s Tina Ross, whose past relationship with a former football star completely changes her future.
After the death of a former classmate, the main characters think about their own dark pasts and how they’d gotten to where they are now and perhaps what could have been. Little do they realize, however, is that there’s more to the past than they assumed.
This was one of those novels that I wanted to finish, yet I didn’t want to finish. While the first three stories were interesting, I was a bit hooked more on Tina’s story, which was as sad as it was disturbing, but I won’t go into detail. Each story was well-written, describing each character’s journey to getting the answers for which they’d searched for over a decade.
If this book’s been on your TBR, you ought to check it out. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!
About the author: Stephen Markley is an author, screenwriter, journalist, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His previous books include 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. He lives in Los Angeles. For more info, click here. You can also follow him on Twitter.