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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  

The Yellow Birds

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August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Yellow Birds...

And I am not totally wedded to nostalgia. Anyone wishing to see fiction’s response to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and be confident that the author knows what he writes of, should get hold of ‘The Yellow Birds’ by Kevin Powers. He was in the US military, was a machine gunner is times of brutal combat. His word pictures of a soldier’s life in a conflict zone are seriously memorable. The images are sincere and sensitive: it’s short and I deeply regretted finishing it, wanted more.

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2012.

An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, The Yellow Birds is already being hailed as a modern classic.

If you like Kevin Powers you might also like to read books by Tim O'Brien, Laurent Binet and Michael Herr.

Synopsis

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD A soldier's broken promise ...a mother's loss ...an agonizing truth. The Yellow Birds gives a powerful, emotional insight into the human cost of war - its impact on soldiers, their families, and most of all what it is like to return home, but never be able to leave the memories behind. Kevin Powers served two terms as a machine gunner with the US army in Iraq. On his return, he was asked one question more than any other: What was it like over there? The Yellow Birds is his attempt to reckon with that question.

Reviews

'The Yellow Birds is fiction, but it reads with the visceral power of the best memoir ...a stunning achievement' The Sunday Times

'A wonderful, powerful novel that moves and terrifies' Independent on Sunday

'Brilliantly observed and deeply affecting' The New York Times

About the Author

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. His debut novel, The Yellow Birds was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller in its first week of publication.

Author photo © Kelly Powers

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Book Info

Publication date

27th June 2013

Author

Kevin Powers

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Author's Website

www.kevincpowers.com/

Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781444756142

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