Part Richard Russo, part Bruce Springsteen, part OTB parlors and Cutlass Supremes, Eoannou's debut collection, Muscle Cars, is all--all--heart. These are tough, ruminative, cunning and tough--did I say tough?--stories of people trying to make it, one way and another, for better and worse. A fine first collection, and I look forward to the next.
Bret Lott, author of Jewel, an Oprah Book Club Selection
Steve Eoannou writes with a sharp eye and a lucid, comic style.
Jonathan Dee, Pulitzer Prize Nominee
These stories brim with sense details, giving them a multi-dimensional feel...I believed in these characters. I care what happened to them. I was moved.
David Morrell, NY Times Best-Selling Author
In his collection Muscle Cars, Stephen G. Eoannou proves masterful at revealing that razor's edge inside everyday American man, where the power of role and the power of raw emotion almost balance out. He throws light on the mysterious interiors of husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, soldiers, compatriots, these streets of Buffalo past and present--all the while keeping track of the darker currents that run beneath the surface. And no matter how sympathetic, how human his storytellers are, there always seems to come a moment when you have to decide if this guy--the one with the plot to steal a frozen head or auction a baseball or shave his weightlifter legs--is brilliant or insane. Muscle Cars is a magnificent debut.
Ashley Warlick, author of The Arrangement
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Stephen G. Eoannou