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The war in Iraq empties the small town of Tumalo, Oregon, of menof fathersleaving their sons to fight among themselves. But the boys' bravado fades at home when, alone, they check e-mail again and again for word from their fathers at the front.
Often from fractured homes and communities, the young men in these breathless stories do the unthinkable to prove to themselvesto everyonethat they are strong enough to face the heartbreak in this world. Set in rural Oregon with the shadow of the Cascade Mountains hanging over them, these stories bring you face-to-face with a mad bear, a house with a basement that opens up into a cave, a nuclear meltdown that renders the Pacific Northwest into a contemporary Wild West. Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy is a bold, fiery, and unforgettable collection that deals with vital issues of our time.
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About the Author
Benjamin Percy was raised in the high desert of central Oregon. He currently teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Percy's love of family & the outdoors are ever present throughout the book, each story draws you in.
Out of the ten stories in the book, five are really, really oustanding!
The Caves in Oregon
When the Bear Came
I randomnly came across this book at B & N and took a chance on it, it paid off, highly recommended!
This is Benjamin Percy's 2nd novel of short stories, his 1st book, "The Language of Elk" is also very good!!
I've never read anything with the type of vivid descriptions that Percy uses in his stories.
He is a young, very talented writer who isnt really well known (yet) and I will definitely read his next book....
Benjamin Percy is one of my favorite authors writing today. He's able to mix genre fiction with literary fiction to create captivating, eloquent stories. Loved this book. Also, check out his book, The Wilding: A Novel, which was fantastic.
Scrappy young men fist fight for fun in order to stop themselves from worrying about their dads deployed to Iraq in title story Refresh, Refresh, and the tension doesn't stop there. Remarkable stories, violent and beautiful, about the America of today and the place we might become. Percy is a master and it's no wonder this collection catapulted him to deserved critical fame.