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Discover a selection of the best novels and short story collections dealing with the subject of war and its aftermath.

 

Redeployment

by Phil Klay

A National Book Award Finalist

A New York Times Best Seller

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what...


The Yellow Birds: A Novel

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2013, Guardian First Book Award 2012

by Kevin Powers

A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of...


Fobbit

by David Abrams

Fobbit ’fä-bit, noun. Definition: A U.S. soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base, esp. during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Pejorative.

In the satirical...


The Watch: A Novel

by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

   Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother’s body. Is she a spy, a black...


Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2012, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2012

by Ben Fountain & Oliver Wyman

A finalist for the National Book Award!

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded...


Sparta

by Roxana Robinson

Going from peace to war can make a young man into a warrior. Going from war to peace can destroy him.

 

Conrad Farrell has no family military heritage, but as a classics major at Williams College, he has encountered...


Eleven Days

by Lea Carpenter

Powerful and lean, Eleven Days is an astonishing first novel full of suspense that addresses our most basic questions about war as it tells of the love between a mother and her son. When the story opens on May...


The Book of Jonas: A Novel

by Stephen Dau

Jonas is fifteen when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. An international relief organization sends Jonas to America, where he struggles to assimilate—adapting...


Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War

by Sebastian Faulks

Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present....


The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq

by Hassan Blasim & Jonathan Wright

A blistering debut that does for the Iraqi perspective on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan what Phil Klay's Redeployment does for the American perspective

The first major literary work about the Iraq War from...


Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

by Roy Scranton, Matt Gallagher & Colum Mccann

An unprecedented collection of hard-hitting, poignant short stories written by thirteen young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars


Hold It 'Til It Hurts

by T. Geronimo Johnson

A riveting debut--a black Afghanistan veteran in search of his lost brother amid the chaos of Hurricane Katrina.


On Leave

by Daniel Anselme & David Bellos

A long-lost French novel in which three soldiers return home from an unpopular, unspeakable war

When On Leave was published in Paris in 1957, as France’s engagement in Algeria became ever more bloody, it told...


The Steady Running of the Hour: A Novel

by Justin Go

A QUEST NOVEL and a historical tour de force, The Steady Running of the Hour unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century.

In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham...


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