Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

Paperback | February 12, 2013

EditorRoy Scranton, Matt GallagherForeword byCOLUM MCCANN

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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.

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Fire and Forget includes the title story from Redeployment by Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner in FictionThese 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 Afg...

Contributors include:Matt Gallagher—co-editor of Fire and Forget and author of KaboomRoy Scranton—co-editor of Fire and ForgetColum McCann—National Book Award winner and best-selling author of Let the Great World SpinSiobhan Fallon—author of You Know When the Men Are GoneColby Buzzell—author of My WarBrian Turner—author of Here, Bullet...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306821761

ISBN - 13:9780306821769

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Word & Film, 2/5/15“Offer[s] diverse experiences of those affected by—and fighting—the Global War on Terror.”The Rumpus, 9/26/16“One of the first short story collections of fiction derived from the recent wars.”Military Success Network, 2/12/13 “Its pages feature unique but iconic stories of war, homecoming, and the struggle for meaning in both...This collection paints a startling and bleak picture of Long War veterans and their lives during and after combatThat said, the voices of Fire and Forget ring true in their cynicism, pain, and humor. This is an important collection of fiction, not only because of its current-day relevancy, but also because of the strength of its diverse voices, all engaged in a search for truth among the desert sands of fiction and memory. It should not be missed by anyone with an interest in modern war or the veteran experience.”