In Shonkwiler's Above All Men, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up, oil is running out, and people are fleeing cities for the countryside — worsening the drought and opening the land to crime. Amid the decay and strife, war veteran David Parrish fights to keep his family and farm together. However, the local murder of a child opens old wounds, forcing him to confront his own nature on a hunt through dust storms and crumbling towns for the killer.
In Finn's From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet, the themes of brutality, defeat, loneliness, and comic absurdity haunt each of his eight stories. His assembly of characters are confronted by life-changing crises that force them to make impossible choices. Some redeem their dignity, while others are crushed by loss and spiritual destruction.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 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. Patrick Michael Finn was born in Joliet, Illinois and was raised there and in rural Southern California. He completed his B.A at the University of California, Riverside and his M.F.A. at the University of Arizona, where he was a Dean's Teaching Fellow. Finn is also the author of the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, Quarterly West, The Clackamas Literary Review, Punk Planet, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2004. His fiction has also received citations in the 2005 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories 2008. He founded and currently coordinates the creative writing program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
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