Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Paperback)
"Fire and Forget" includes the title story from "Redeployment" by Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner in Fiction
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 wars generation: award-winning author Phil Klay's Redeployment; 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 ten others.
About the Author
Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq War memoir "Kaboom, "based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the "New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, "and "Boston Review, "among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.
COLUM MCCANN is the internationally bestselling author of six novels, including the National Book Awardwinning Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three chidren.