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Redeployment by Phil Klay

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An utterly compelling read giving an insight into the wars in Iraq, written with a frank, decisive and convincing hand. Once you start reading, you quite simply don't want to stop, it’s an often uncomfortable read but there is a feeling of needing to know and wanting to empathise with these characters. It feels as though you have been permission to have direct access to their minds, their memories, the confusion of going from a war zone to a home town, of being in combat. Although there are 12 short stories revealed here, it almost seems as though you are listening to one solider and yet all of them at the same time. Unless from a military background you may need to have a device handy to look up the acronyms used here. This is a commanding collection of short stories, one that will demand your attention throughout and clamour at your consciousness long after.~ Liz Robinson


Redeployment by Phil Klay

This book is the winner of the National Book Award. It was shortlisted for the frank o'connor prize. How do you comfort a man who has just lost his best friend? How does it feel to see fear in your wife's eyes? How does it feel to come home? Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.


'A must-read' -- Anthony Swofford, author of JARHEAD

'Will simultaneously break your heart and give you reasons to hope' -- Ben Fountain

'One of the great story collections of recent times' -- Colum McCann

About the Author

Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College. His work has featured in the New York Times, Tin House and Granta. Redeployment is his first book and was a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Best Seller and was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize 2014.

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Publication date

18th December 2014


Phil Klay

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Canongate Books Ltd


304 pages


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