Edited by Adrian Bonenberger and Brian Castner
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.
Including stories by: Elliot Ackerman, Benjamin Busch, Brandon Caro, Maurice Decaul, Teresa Fazio, Thomas Gibbons Neff, Aaron Gwyn, Alex Horton, Matt Robinson, Kristen L. Rouse, Chris Wolfe, Kayla M. Williams, Brandon Willitts, and many others.
North American publisher: Pegasus, January 2017
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Kate Johnson, Wolf Literary Services
An anthology of stories covering a literary terrain as expansive as the seemingly endless ‘war on terror’ that spawned it…These stories provide plenty of revelation on the nature of the war and the soldiers who continue to fight it.”—Kirkus Reviews
The writers gathered in these pages are among the finest, and the material they are working with is, by its nature, powerful and compelling. The result is stories that are by turns brutal and hilarious, dark and redemptive. Every one of them speaks to a truth we should not, cannot, turn away from.”—Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
These twenty-four intimate, brutal, unusual and honest portraits show us the startling effects of war, dispelling the myth that any military solution is simple. To this diverse group of writers, women and men, I say thank you for your wrenching stories. The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is greater than we could have imagined.”—Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters
The Road Ahead more than lived up to its promise—a shockingly brilliant salvo in the next wave of literature about our perpetual wars, a diverse and strange new literature which is utterly essential if we want to understand who we are as a nation, and what this era of constant war is doing to us, to our military, and to the countries where we send our men and women to kill and die.”—Phil Klay, National Book Award Winning author of Redeployment
If war is eternal, its form alters with the times. These vivid stories are the up-to-date bulletins from the frontline of today. Injustices abound, meaning eludes us, until for moments, it doesn’t. These writers deliver gut-wrecking reports of humanity at the edge of despair and offer us truths about the nature of war and the men and women struggling to survive it.”—Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls and Evening
A stunning, poignant, astonishing, mournful, melancholy, brutally honest collection of stories about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and makes this old soldier’s heart sore. They are so well written. If you want to understand our young soldiers and the world they lived in, read these stories.”—Larry Heinemann, National Book Award-winning author of Paco’s Story and Black Virgin Mountain