Fire and Forget
Fire and Forget
Short Stories from the Long War
Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780306821769, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 2013
These stories aren't pretty and they aren't for the faint of heart. They are realistic, haunting and shocking. And they are all unforgettable. Television reports, movies, newspapers and blogs about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have offered images of the fighting there. But this collection offers voices powerful voices, telling the kind of truth that only fiction can offer.
What makes the collection so remarkable is that all of these stories are written by those who were there, or waited for them at home. The anthology, which features a Foreword by National Book Award winner Colum McCann, includes the best voices of the wars generation: award-winning author Phil Klay's Redeployment; Brian Turner, whose poem Hurt Locker was the movie's inspiration; Colby Buzzell, whose book "My War" resonates with countless veterans; Siobhan Fallon, whose book "You Know When the Men Are Gone" echoes the joy and pain of the spouses left behind; Matt Gallagher, whose book "Kaboom" captures the hilarity and horror of the modern military experience; and ten others.
Colum McCann is the author of books including "This Side of Brightness", "Zoli", "Songdogs "and "Let the Great World Spin". He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.
Roy Scranton and Jacob Siegel edited and contributed to the collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They tell Fresh Air about how soldiers cope with the fear of death, and why many soldiers feel conflicted about sharing their experience with a larger audience. More at NPR.org
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