blurbed on Chicago Literati
Eric’s novel, Above All Men, received a highly commendable mention by CCLaP’s Marketing Director, Lori Hettler, during an interview with Abby Sheaffer for Chicago Literati. When Sheaffer asked, “What has been your favorite indie book you’ve read so far this year and why?” Hettler replied:
“No other book has even come close to blowing me away like Above All Men did. It has this incredible intensity, keeping the reader on tenterhooks the entire time.”
“If you had asked me this question any other year, I’d probably have a really hard time limiting myself to one favorite. But in the very early part of this year, I read a digital ARC of Eric Shonkwiler’s Above All Men. I wasn’t even 30 pages in, and I’d already pegged it as my favorite book of 2014. Here we are, five months in, and no other book has even come close to blowing me away like this one did!
It has this incredible intensity and is written in this intentionally slow, meandering way, dragging the plot along, sticking to the specifics of the moment and letting the background work itself out without wasting much time or breath on it, keeping the reader on tenterhooks the entire time. It does all of the things you want it to and some of the things you don’t. And that’s what makes it so powerful.”
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