The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

By Kevin Powers

Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410452566, 255pp.

Publication Date: November 22, 2012

Description
"The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger.
Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails Sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible actions.
With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, THE YELLOW BIRDS is a groundbreaking novel about the costs of war that is destined to become a classic.


About the Author
Kevin Powers est ne a Richmond, en Virginie. A dix-sept ans, il s engage dans l armee et combat en Irak en 2004et 2005. A son retour, il obtient une bourse d etude en poesie a l Universite d Austin, au Texas. Yellow Birds (Stock, 2013), son premier roman, a ete finaliste du National Book Award et a recu le prix litteraire Le Monde et le prix dumeilleur premier roman etranger 2013 de Lire. Lettre ecrite pendant une accalmie dans les combats a ete selectionnepour de nombreux prix dont le prestigieux T. S. Eliot. Il vit aujourd hui a Richmond et ecrit son deuxieme roman.