Years from now, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up and oil is running out. People flee cities for the countryside, worsening the drought and opening the land to crime. Amid this decay and strife, war veteran David Parrish fights to keep his family and farm together. However, the murder of a local child opens old wounds, forcing him to confront his own nature on a hunt through dust storms and crumbling towns for the killer.

Eric Shonkwiler's critically acclaimed debut novel, Above All Men, is a 2014 Midwest Connections Pick and has been called “poetic, rare, stark, arresting, beautiful, compelling, and impossible to ignore” by authors and critics such as Frank Bill, Paula Bomer, and Tom Lutz.

Above All Men: A Novel by Eric Shonkwiler
Published by MG Press
March 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9882013-2-3

Eric Shonkwiler has had writing appear in such prestigious journals as Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack,[PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. He received his MFA in Fiction from University of California-Riverside, has taught college-level English and Creative Writing, and is the Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as a former reader for [PANK] and former Editor-in-Chief and fiction editor for Crate Magazine. Born and raised in Ohio, Eric is an extensive nomad, having lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. time zone, and finding himself on the road as often as not. Above All Men is his first novel. You can find him at

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