The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War

The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War

by Adrian Bonenberger, Brian Castner


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A decade has passed since boots first hit the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the war has not ended—only changed. Twenty-five diverse veteran voices reflect the changing face of combat and reflect the haunting realities and truths only fiction can reveal.

These masterfully crafted stories from writers who have served reflect the entire breadth of human emotion–loss, anger, joy, love, fear, and courage—and the evolving nature of what has become America's "Forever War."

From debut writers to experienced contributors whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the New Yorker, this exceptional collection promises to be the definitive fictional look at the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars and will resonate with the reader long after the final page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681773070
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Adrian Bonenberger is a student at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program for creative writing, from which he expects to graduate in May of 2016. He has a B.A. from Yale in English Literature and a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia. He joined the Army in 2005, and deployed twice to Afghanistan as an infantry officer. He has been featured in The New York Times, and has written military-themed essays for a variety of online and print publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Foreign Policy. He co-edits an intellectual blog, "The Wrath Bearing Tree" and volunteers with Words After War and the Yale Veterans Association. He is the author of the memoir Afghan Post.

Brian Castner is the author of The Long Walk, an Amazon Best Book of 2012. He previously served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, commanding bomb disposal units in Balad and Kirkuk, and as a military contractor and consultant, training soldiers and Marines prior to their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has received grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Chautauqua Institution, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, VICE News, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Outside, The Daily Beast, and on National Public Radio.

Table of Contents

Foreword Roxana Robinson ix

Letter from the Editors xiii

Winter on the Rim Brandon Willitts 1

There's Always One Kayla M. Williams 15

Small Kill Team Alex Horton 29

Bleeder Matthew Robinson 45

Two Grenades Elliot Ackerman 53

Operation Slut Lauren Kay Halloran 69

Another Brother's Conviction Christopher Paul Wolfe 83

Funeral Conversation Nate Bethea 91

3 X 5 Thomas Gibbons-Neff 107

Little Teresa Fazio 117

The Morgan House Brandon Caro 131

Different Kinds Of Infinity David F. Eisler 145

Salt Colin D. Halloran 153

Blake's Girl Eric Nelson 161

Pawns Kristen L. Rouse 179

Hadji Khan David James 199

Brown Bird Shannon Huffman Polson 219

War Party Michael Carson 233

The Church PJ Frederik 245

We Put a Man in a Tree Matthew J. Hefti 257

Into The Land Of Dogs Benjamin Busch 275

Death of Time Maurice Emerson Decaul 299

American Fapper Adrian Bonenberger 313

The Wild Hunt Brian Castner 333

About The Contributors 343

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