Fire and Forget

Fire and Forget

Short Stories

Book - 2013
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"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 our wars' generation: 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 nine others."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780306821769
Branch Call Number: SS FIRE
Characteristics: xvii, 234 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Scranton, Roy 1976-
Gallagher, Matt


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A mixed bag of short stories written by soldiers who'd fought in Afghanistan or Iraq. Most of these stories are not so much about what happened “over there,” but about what happens after all that. A common element in many of these is a loss or gain of specific senses. It's done so well that I did not doubt the veracity of many of these author's tales...

Bk3270 Apr 04, 2013

As with any short story collections (especially those with a variety of authors) some stories were better than others. But generally the stories were excellent.

This is a collection everyone should read to get a feel for the experiences of soldiers off the battlefield (as one of the early stories notes, no soldiers write about battle itself).


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