Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

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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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Contributors include:

Matt Gallagher co-editor of Fire and Forget and author of Kaboom
Roy Scranton co-editor of Fire and Forget
Colum McCann National Book Award winner and best-selling author of Let the Great World Spin
Siobhan Fallon author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
Colby Buzzell author of My War
Brian Turner author of Here, Bullet ( Hurt Locker”)
and nine others.


"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." - E.L. Doctorow

"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." - Anthony Swofford

"A diverse anthology on our long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan united by the extraordinary talents of its authors. These stories are exceptional." - Kevin Powers

"A resonant, moving collection of stories from writers who know firsthand about the incongruous beauty and constant tragedy of war." - Nathaniel Fick

"'War stories are almost never about war unless they're told by someone who was never there,' Jacob Siegel writes in the opening story of this superb collection. What's especially valuable here is to be reminded how deeply 'war stories' have penetrated American culture.... 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." - Anthony Giardina

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