Winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for the Region's most sensible Books of 2015 (Adult Fiction)
Named a Booklist Editors' selection for 2015
Longlisted for the yankee Library Association's 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
"Compelling and necessary....[Meno] has a knack for giving small happenings emotional weight....Meno is aware the right way to make you like his characters, wish what they wish. yet do not believe he'll permit issues end up good for them. Marvels and wonders are not well worth the difficulty. thankfully, this publication is."
--New York occasions booklet Review
"[A] rugged page-turner....There's a bit the rustic noir of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone within the stark surroundings Mr. Meno inspires (A pale city, fading, harried with dusty gentle, midafternoon), and just a little the Clint Eastwood motion picture Gran Torino within the tale of the vigilante grandfather. however the writing is propulsive adequate to make you disregard its impacts. And at moments the book's eating darkness is lifted by way of powerful, if inscrutable visions of the talismanic horse--a flash of lightning curving alongside the horizon."
--Wall road Journal
"But in new books--a colossal novel, Marvel and a Wonder, and the anthology Chicago Noir: The Classics, released concurrently in early September through Akashic in hardcover and paperback--we're reminded that Meno has a dismal aspect that occasionally he shall we out of prison, permitting it to forged a protracted and menacing shadow."
"Evoking William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, Meno's suspenseful, mordantly incisive, many-layered story is also learn as an equine Moby-Dick. As he tracks the bewildering seismic shifts lower than means in the USA, Meno celebrates daily marvels, together with the hard-proven love among grandfather and grandson."
--Booklist, Starred review
"In this high-stakes, mordantly incisive, compassionate drama, Quentin, a mixed-race teenager, is spending the summer season with Jim, his white grandfather, while an impressive white racehorse is inexplicably brought to Jim’s Indiana farm."
--Booklist, Editors' Choice
"Talented Meno has penned a sensible and touching novel of affection, loyalty, braveness; a unprecedented booklet to not be missed."
--Library Journal, Starred review
"Faulkner-ian epic for the modern age....[Meno] attracts at the grave subject matters and austere kinds of writers like Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell to supply a mixture of biblical allegories, tinder-dry prose, and noble characters attempting to live to tell the tale in a wretched world....The novel's prose is fantastic is its spare, convincing grit whereas the story's topics of family members, redemption, sacrifice, and religion echo the performs of Sam Shepard at times....A grandiose, atmospheric portrait of heart the USA in all its broken glory."
Marvel and a Wonder is a darkly captivating epic and literary page-turner set on the finish of the 20th century. In summer time 1995, Jim Falls, a Korean struggle vet, struggles to elevate his sixteen-year-old grandson, Quentin, on a farm in southern Indiana. In July, they obtain a mysterious gift--a attractive zone horse--which upends the stability in their tough lives. The horse's visual appeal catches the eye of a couple of bothered, meth-dealing brothers and, after a violent altercation, the pony is stolen and bought. Grandfather and grandson needs to shuttle the panorama of the awful heartland to reclaim the animal and to confront the ruthless occasion that has taken ownership of it. alongside the way in which, either could be compelled to stand the misperceptions and tragedies in their past.
Evoking the writing of William Faulkner and Denis Johnson, this awesome, deeply relocating paintings explores the harrowing, frequently attractive marvels of a kingdom challenged by way of its personal ideals. formidable, expansive, and encumbered with suspense, Marvel and a Wonder offers an unforgettable pair of protagonists initially of 1 the United States and the top of another.