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 × 0.68 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780306821769

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Street Roots, 2/28/13 “Representing a new generation of veterans-turned-authors, the contributors in Fire and Forget have returned home, at least physically, and are now sharing their works and sculpting the public’s perception of these wars and how they’ve impacted the warriorsFire and Forget is an effective cultural text on multiple levels. Not only does it serve as a historical milepost, reminding us that we are waging the longest war in ou Tottenville Review, 5/22/13 “Every one of the voices in Fire and Forget rises to the challenge, and, as each gains in force and measure, the fog of war may clear.” The Millions, 6/4/13 “The best fictional account of the wars of the last decade and the contemporary military experienceFresh, raw, and vital. It is a rare thing for a book to live up to its blurb, but E.L. Doctorow got it right when he called this a ‘necessary’ collection.” Michigan War Studies Review, 5/30/13 “Covers an array of subjects, from the intensity of combat to the difficulties of reintegration back homeFire and Forget will give readers a better understanding of America's twenty-first-century wars and their aftermathFor teachers, Fire and Forget will be an invaluable supplement to the more conventional historical narratives, journal articles, and documentaries on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, by vividly personalizing the war in a way that nonfiction cannot.” WomanAroundTown.com, 6/9/13 “These 15 tales convey a truth that very few of us can even imagine.” John Shelton Ivany Top 21 “These stories aren't pretty and they aren't for the faint of heart. They are realistic, haunting and shocking. And they are all unforgettableWhat makes the collection so remarkable is that all of these stories are written by those who were there, or waited for them at home.” Columbia Journalism Review (website), 6/25/13 “There are moments of truth in these stories.” Philadelphia Tribune, 6/16/13 “Provides a new perspectiveRemarkable.” BiteTheBook.com, 7/1/13 “[A] powerful collection of short fiction.” Foreign Policy, 10/8/13 “These are serious writers, more than half graduates of master's of fine arts programs, but unlike the traditional college student, these veterans bring a life experience to the form that is substantial and heart-breaking.” War, Literature & the Arts, Volume 25 “As an anthology, [it] is anything but forgettableThis anthology differs from other war narratives in its ability to create piercing levels of cognitive dissonance among its characters while simultaneously heightening our own.”