Losing Tim

Losing Tim

The Life and Death of an American Contractor in Iraq

By Janet Burroway; Jonathan Shay (Foreword by)

Think Piece Publishing, LLC, Paperback, 9780989235235, 182pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2014

Losing Tim is a memoir by a mother about a soldier son who killed himself. It's not an easy read. But it's a beautiful one. Burroway, a National Book Award nominee, welcomes readers to grieve along with her, while also providing a lens into how soldiers, and military contractors, like her son, are changed by their combat experiences. Jonathan Shay, author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, a highly acclaimed volume on PTSD, and a 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, comments in the foreword, ''To me, the pain recalls Homer's Iliad, in which, as James Tatum puts it in The Mourner's Song, 'the beauty of the poetry] is in the killing.'''

Praise for Losing Tim:

"This book is both an elegy and a call to action by one of our finest writers, who addresses us from the deepest place imaginable in a voice that is loving, memorable and overflowing with generosity."

Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of The Heart is an Instrument: Portraits in Journal.

About the Author
Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels, including "The Buzzards" and "Raw Silk"; two best-selling textbooks, "Writing Fiction" and "Imaginative Writing"; and the forthcoming memoir "Losing Tim". She is also the author of numerous plays, short stories, poetry collections, and children s books. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University and divides her time between Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Chicago.

Jonathan Shay is a Boston-area psychiatrist whose patients are Vietnam combat veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. He is also on the faculty of Tufts Medical School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.