Searing stories from the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the USA by warrior writers. Fire and Forget is about not forgetting. It is a necessary collection, necessary to write, necessary to read.”
Devastating stories including “The Train” by former marine Marinette Kalinowski. Non-fiction seems “easier” to read. But serious profound heartrending fiction goes so deep, touches us so powerfully, it is what we require.
I’ve been waiting for this book for a decade. I laughed, shouted, and cried while reading this kaleidoscopic collection. So many facets of war and the people who do our fighting are covered here. Fire and Forget is a literary history of this latest period of American wars. It’s a profound and telling work of art.
A diverse anthology on our long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan united by the extraordinary talents of its authors. These stories are exceptional.
From Siobhan Fallon’s moving anatomy of what a waiting spouse has to look forward to after her husband’s third deployment, to Brian Van Reet’s brilliant gloss on Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River,” these stories mark the territory of Return, in a manner both rich and essential.
A resonant, moving collection of stories from writers who know firsthand about the incongruous beauty and constant tragedy of war.
The beginnings of what just might be the next chapter of great American war literature.
- New York Daily News
The range of stories in Fire and Forget displays a remarkable depth and breadth of the experience of the Iraq war.
- The Guardian
Captures the messiness of soldiering when the mission and endgame are unclear. Though fiction, each work reads true, filled with tension, fear, and anger.
This is fiction as good as you’ll read anywhere….These pages contain a record of the costs of our excursions abroad that is as illustrative as any culture can produce.
- The Daily Beast
Only these authors and others like them could engage in challenging sacred American narratives of good versus evil as America fights its enemies abroad.
- The Rumpus
You are unlikely to forget the quality of the work…in this collection.
- Army Times
Faced with something as unspeakably harrowing as war, the voices here have salvaged what small beauty they could from the turmoil.
With wars come war stories and from those stories evolves literature. Leading this generation of war literature is this collection of short stories.
- Library Journal
Gritty with realism….The tales are exceedingly well told. Fiction it may be, but none can deny the ring of truth.
- The Roanoke Times
Anyone who served and anyone who wants to know what it was to serve will value this book.
Fire and Forget, like almost any war, is an uncomfortable look into the dark corners of humanity.
- Willamette Week
This book is a wonderful surprise and a wrenching education at the same time.
- North Shore Book Notes
From Da Capo Press:
Featuring a foreword by National Book Award-winner Colum McCann, this anthology spans every era of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, from Baghdad to Brooklyn, from Kabul to Fort Hood, and includes the best voices of a generation.
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