Losing Tim (Paperback)

The Life and Death of an American Contractor in Iraq

By Janet Burroway, Jonathan Shay (Foreword by)

Think Piece Publishing, LLC, 9780989235235, 182pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2014

List Price: 14.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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.