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 2014

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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 plays, poetry, children's books, and eight novels, including "Raw Silk", "The Buzzards", "Opening Nights", "Cutting Stone", and "Bridge of Sand". Her "Writing Fiction" is the most widely used creative writing text in America. Recent works include the plays "Sweepstakes", "Medea with Child", and "Parts of Speech", which have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, Chicago, and various regional theatres; a collection of essays, "Embalming Mom"; and her memoir, "Losing Tim". The recipient of the Florida Humanities Council's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing, she is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita of the Florida State University.

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.
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