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The Yellow Birds
 
 
Author
Kevin Powers.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover, Autographed, First Edition
ISBN 9780316219365
Pages/Publication Date 230/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29655
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(Autographed First Edition) (2012 National Book Award Finalist) This debut novel by a veteran of the war in Iraq is the "harrowing, inexplicably beautiful, and utterly, urgently necessary" story (Ann Patchett) of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy struggle just to survive as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Comrades since basic training, when Bartle pledged to bring Murphy safely home, the two are worn down by insurgent fighters, physical fatigue, and the internal warfare that comes from constant danger, until Murphy comes unmoored from reality and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. Daedalus is pleased to offer this remarkable premier in a first edition autographed by Kevin Powers.

"The book is so heartfelt and so good that it not only reaffirms the power of fiction to tell the truth about the unspeakable, but also asks serious questions of a generation of writers—myself included—who have thus far avoided addressing these disastrous wars directly.... Comparisons with Hemingway will be inevitable because of the brevity and economical style, and with Cormac McCarthy because of the author's talent for landscape. But [Kevin] Powers builds on this literary foundation to create a style of his own.... His insights into the post-traumatic condition have a degree of sharpness that frequently subvert the classical mode of his storytelling and leave the reader with heart hammering. This is a superb literary achievement."—Chris Cleave

 
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