Ron's Staff Pick (April 2014): A collection of short stories about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Redeployment follows in the wake of Matterhorn (Karl Marlantes) and The Yellow Birds (Kevin Powers). But this book is not a follower, it is a powerful, compelling expose of the suffering soldiers experience for doing the horrible things that are their job. These stories cry out to be read, and you will cry reading them.— From Ron's Picks
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction - Winner of the John Leonard First Book Prize - Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post Book World, Amazon, and more - National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree - New York Times Bestseller Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment," a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After Action Report," a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains--of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System," a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.
About the Author
Phil Klay is a Dartmouth graduate and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College. His first published story, "Redeployment," appeared in Granta's Summer 2011 issue. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Tin House, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012.