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Moon Up, Past Full

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  15 reviews
As Faulkner’s voice portrayed the South and Breece D’J Pancake’s represented Appalachia, Eric Shonkwiler captures the Midwest, with this collection of novellas and short stories that peels back the edges of rural existence to expose the heart of it. Through parental neglect, rebellious sons and daughters, drug-addled war veterans, backwoods zombies, injured firemen, car th ...more
Paperback, First, 250 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by Alternating Current
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
this has been waiting about three months for me to review it.

which is not the most shockingly behind in a review i have ever been, but it's pretty bad.

part of it is that my life is horribly crazytown, part of it is because i'm still figuring out how to handle reviews of short story collections, and part of it is that i have an e-copy of this, so it's not there in the stack of to-be-reviewed books on my windowsill glaring at me every day like some others. (I SEE YOU family unit - and i will get
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I may be a wee bit partial.
Read 10/08/15 - 10/15/15
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended for fans of short stories that climb up off the page and play themselves out right there next to you
Pages: 238
Publisher: Alternating Current Press
Released: October 2015

Eric Shonkwiler is quickly making his way up my list of all time favorite authors. Jose Saramago, Jules Verne, Cormac McCarthy, Vladimir Nabokov, and David Maine have been holding on to the Top Five spots on that list for a very long time, with Denis Johnson as an extremely cl
Leah Angstman
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of short stories, flash, Faulkner, Hemingway, McCarthy, Breece D'J Pancake, rural Midwest
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I am the editor, so while I am biased, let me tell you why I selected this manuscript. I read through hundreds of manuscripts each year, and few have the startling, surprising, and beautiful prose of Shonkwiler's. His Midwest comes alive. His people hurt. His landscapes and characters are true and flawed and complicated and unlucky. He can write an unbelievable sentence that just makes you stand back and breathe out: "Wow. Just wow."

It a
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fresh off the heels of his well received novel Above All Men, author Eric Shonkwiler presents a collection of short stories titled Moon Up, Past Full. I was made aware of Shonkwiler by Lori at The Next Best Book Club on GoodReads. The club hosts a monthly author/reader discussion in which several copies of a work are provided to readers and the author joins in the dialogue about that book. It has been a great source of discovery for new books, a great place for intelligent discussion, and an ove ...more
Steph Post
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous short fiction collection that takes you down to some gritty places, but then swings you back up high. Shonkwiler, as always, is an author to be reckoned with and Moon Up, Past Full is a perfect follow-up to his novel Above All Men (highly recommended as well!).
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a meaty, earthy, sometimes violent collection of short fictions, set in the rural verges and small towns of America's heartland. The strength of these tales is the broad, flat sentences that mirror the landscape: "We laid together on the couch in the living room, covered by a sheet that had ash burns sprinkled all over it." Like Mickey Spillane with a dose of Flannery O'Connor, the prose is deadpan, sliding easily across the moral divide without missing a beat. The pacing is suspenseful, ...more
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LOVED IT. BLURBED IT: "Shonkwiler’s stories are pleasantly dusty, country. Full as a tick. Well-written wordy breezes swirling into a blinding windstorm of memorable characters, families, women and men, animals, trucks, guns, bottles of bourbon. This collection is alive and sad and violent, heartbreaking and lonely—steadied by Shonkwiler’s strong hand. He has both the guts and extraordinary talent to keep his reader reading.”
Kevin Catalano
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This collection shows Shonkwiler's incredible prowess with plot and prose. Having read his earlier novel, Above All Men, I expected to love this collection. Still, the variety of stories -- the narrative twists and nuanced characters -- made each piece unexpected. The novella, GO2, was my favorite. I don't want to give anything away about it, other than it's Shonkwiler's version of a zombie story. (Or is it?)
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this is an excellent book of literary short stories.

Vivid characters carefully drawn with just the right touch. The language is outstanding.

I love the voice. It reminds me of Heller's The Painter & Coplin's The Orchardist.

I think the stories will appeal to a broad audience.

Recommended Read.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let us now go slowly insane. All together now. These people have some serious problems, but who doesn't? I think I know some of these people, maybe all of them. Eric Shonkwiler writes in a rich and gritty way, so it does seem as if you know these characters. Some stories are realistic, some border on magic, some are dystopian. These might be a little hard to read in one sitting, since they are intense. But spread the reading out over a couple of weeks, and preferably not right before you go to b ...more
Osman Welela
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of short stories! Fans of Cormac McCarthy will enjoy it, I think, and everyone else will definitely find a thing or two to love in these worlds. The writing is a bit odd, having no quotes to enclose the dialogues in, but, as the author says, this makes the reader pay more attention to the whole thing. It's got surprising tales and disturbing ones, go check them out!
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frank Bill may have said it best when he said that Eric Shonkwiler “has an eye for detail and a lot of heart. His words stay with you.”

I picked up Shonkwiler’s collection of novellas and stories, Moon Up, Past Full, when I was in Washington DC in 2017 for AWP. For the rest of the year, the book sat at the top of my to-read pile, but I was having a hard time reading anything. When I finally picked the book up this week, it was like taking a shot of good whiskey—smoother than you could hope for a
Ruth Awad
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you like short stories written with a poet's sensibilities, I can't recommend this collection enough. Eric has an ear for beauty and an innate understanding of what makes people tick. We could drop in at any moment in his characters' lives and know them as people and why they make the choices they do. What a potent gift for a storyteller, that ability. Standout stories for me are "Last Snow," "Come to Fall," and "Nettle Creek Cemetery," and I expect I'll return to them often. You should, too.
Deanna Bihlmayer
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not partial to short stories,but this was well worth the read. These stories really make one feel as if he's in the Midwest with these characters,watching them trying to navigate the pitfalls of their choices and lives. I wished that some of the stories ended more definitively,but then in life,stories don't really end,just pause until a new storyteller comes along.

I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates the short story and the Midwest. Truly,well worth the read.
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Eric Shonkwiler is the author of Above All Men, Moon Up, Past Full, and the forthcoming 8th Street Power & Light. His 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, and received his MFA from The University of California Riverside.