Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

Shelf RenewalAs has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried.

Though this century is young, our conflicts have already given rise to some extraordinary writing. This year’s National Book Award Winner for Fiction, Phil Klay’s Redeployment, is one superb example.

Redeployment by Phil KlayThough it seems far too soon for there to already be a backlist for this topic, readers who want to read more about the struggles of twenty-first-century soldiers might enjoy:

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walkby Ben Fountain

Black Hawk Down, by Mark Bowden

Dear Mr. President, by Gabe Hudson

Fobbit, by David Abrams

Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, by Anthony Swofford

Sand Queen, by Helen Benedict

The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

War, by Sebastian Junger

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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