Brian Van Reet

“The Window”

Winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction. Pushcart Prize nominee, published in Gulf Coast Vol. 24 #1. Anthologized in New Border Voices.

From “Veteran Authors Are Reclaiming the War Story,” by Ramiro G. Hinojosa:

Brian Van Reet highlights the civil-military divide itself in his short story, “The Window.” In it, he follows a soldier between deployments road tripping with his fiancée. At a restaurant, they overhear a man and woman dismissively talking about the woman’s brother joining the Marines. The soldier, Staff Sergeant Fitzpatrick, and his fiancée later see the couple at the motel and drink with them. Fitzpatrick senses the inevitable direction the conversation is heading…