Fire and Forget

Fire and Forget

Short Stories from the Long War

By Matt Gallagher (Editor); Roy Scranton (Editor); Colum McCann (Foreword by)

Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780306821769, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 2013

"Fire and Forget" includes the title story from "Redeployment" by Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner in Fiction
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.

About the Author
Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq War memoir "Kaboom, "based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the "New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, "and "Boston Review, "among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

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.

Monday, Nov 11, 2013

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

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