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The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds


Book Overview: The Yellow Birds

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq

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PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Publication Date2012-09-11
EditionFirst Edition
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Kevin Powers is a celebrated American novelist and poet whose work captures the complexities of war and its aftermath. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, he bolstered his candid worldview with a degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by a Master’s in Poetry from the prestigious Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. Powers served in the U.S. Army, deploying as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq in 2004 and 2005. His military experience significantly shaped his creative perspective, fusing a profound understanding of humanity with first-hand war zone realities. The result was his powerful debut novel, "The Yellow Birds," which won an array of accolades, including the 2013 Pen/Hemingway Award, The Guardian's First Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. Beyond his acclaimed novels, Powers has a formidable reputation as a poet. His first collection, "Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting," was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Today, he continues to weave his exceptional literary craft, bridging the gaps between bravery and fear, loss, and survival, with remarkable authenticity and poise.

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