In Just the Right Light

In Just the Right Light

by William R Soldan


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Rust Belt, USA, where steel is dead, hope is scarce, and hardship is a way of life. Miles Junction is but one of many Northeastern Ohio towns long forgotten and left behind, its residents living on the cusp of financial, emotional, even spiritual destitution. An old trapper becomes the scapegoat for a boy’s brutal murder. An out-of-work diesel mechanic resorts to crime in order to provide for his wife and son. A teenage girl braves a brutal winter storm to protect a tragic secret. A recovering drug addict wrestles with temptation and bears the weight of an uncertain future. These and the other working-class characters that populate this collection know struggle intimately and understand that desperate times often call for desperate measures. Their lives are linked by a ruined yet starkly beautiful post-industrial landscape—a desolate vestige of our fractured American dream. Taking place during the last few decades of the twentieth century and those following the new millennium, In Just the Right Light is a glimpse at one region’s bleak inheritance and the precarious lives of those who remain to rummage through the fallout of its past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947021853
Publisher: Unsolicited Press
Publication date: 03/06/2019
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

William R. Soldan grew up in and around Youngstown, Ohio, with brief stints in Columbus; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the hills of southern Oregon. When he was seventeen, he dropped out of high school at the suggestion of his guidance counselor and worked a long string of jobs including factory machinist, dishwasher, house painter, maintenance man, day laborer, and bartender. After traveling around and living out of a van for a while, he eventually went to college and earned a BA in Literature from Youngstown State University and an MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times, his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as New World Writing, Elm Leaves Journal, Cowboy Jamboree, Kentucky Review, Jelly Bucket, Tough, The Best American Mystery Stories 2017, and others. He currently resides in Youngstown with his wife and two children.

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