Stephen Markley

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Stephen Markley's debut novel "Ohio" will be published in August of 2018 by Simon and Schuster.

Markley is the author of the memoir "Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book" (2010) and the travelogue "Tales of Iceland."

His work has appeared in Paste Magazine,, The Iowa Review, Chicago's RedEye, The Week, The Chicago Tribune, The Rumpus, Weber: A Study of the Contemporary West, and the Chicago Reader. He’s also the author of the e-reader short "The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistemological View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate."

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3.79 avg rating — 2,656 ratings — published 2018 — 12 editions
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Tales of Iceland or "Runnin...

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Publish This Book: The Unbe...

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The Great Dysmorphia

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The Worst of Stephen Markle...

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July 2018, Stephen Markley
"Stephen Markley's novel, Ohio , follows four former classmates in the aftermath of the Great Recession and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Markley describes feeling haunted by his Midwestern hometown and why he doesn't want his book to be an explainer for "what's happening in flyover country."" ...More

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“The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting.”
Stephen Markley, Tales of Iceland or "Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight"

“That we leave our homes, that we step through our doors to the world, that we travel our whole lives not because we want to collect exotic T-shirts, not because we want to consume foreign adventure the same Western way we consume plastic and Styrofoam and LCD TVs and iPads, but because it has the power to renew us—not the guarantee, not the promise, just the possibility. Because there are places our imaginations can never construct for us, and there are people who we will never meet but we could and we might. It reminds us that there is always reason to begin again.”
Stephen Markley, Tales of Iceland or "Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight"

“The history had already been written. What is history but an adjudication of memory. And what is memory but a faithless rendering of all sex, death, justice, murder, prayer, greed, hope, mercy, and love. Memory was as molten as the soul.”
Stephen Markley, Ohio

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