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The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers - £9.99  Hodder & Stoughton (2013)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781444756142 | ISBN 10: 1444756141

An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, The Yellow Birds is already being hailed as a modern classic.
 
WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD 2012
WINNER OF THE HEMINGWAY/PEN AWARD 2012
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
AN AMAZON EDITOR'S PICK: BEST BOOKS OF 2012
A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR
A TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR
A SUNDAY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
A SCOTSMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
A SUNDAY HERALD BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
 
An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, The Yellow Birds is already being hailed as a modern classic.
 
Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph.
 
He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing.
 
Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely.
 
With The Yellow Birds, poet and veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival.
 
Written with profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on families at home, The Yellow Birds is one of the most haunting, true and powerful novels of our time.

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