Fire and Forget


“Searing stories from the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the USA by warrior writers. Fire and Forget is about not forgetting. It is a necessary collection, necessary to write, necessary to read.”

 —E.L. Doctorow

"Brilliant intro by Colum McCann. Devastating stories, including "The Train" by Mariette Kalinowski....Non-fiction seems "easier" to read. But serious profound heartrending fiction goes so deep, touches us so powerfully, it is what we require." 

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“I've been waiting for this book for a decade. I laughed, shouted, and cried while reading this kaleidoscopic collection. So many facets of war and the people who do our fighting are covered here. Fire and Forget is a literary history of this latest period of American wars. It's a profound and telling work of art."

Anthony Swofford, author of the New York Times bestseller Jarhead


"Fire and Forget is a diverse anthology on our long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan united by the extraordinary talents of its authors. These stories are exceptional."

Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds

"The range of stories in Fire and Forget displays a remarkable depth and breadth of the experience of the Iraq war."

The Guardian (UK)

"A resonant, moving collection of stories from writers who know firtshand about the incongruous beauty and constant tragedy of war."

Nathaniel Fick, author of New York Times bestseller One Bullet Away

"Captures the messiness of soldiering when the mission and endgame are unclear. Though fiction, each work reads true, filled with tension, fear, and anger. Readers are transported to desert checkpoints, ride along vehicle convoys, and return home from combat to face an uncertain future."


"'War stories are almost never about war unless they're told by someone who was never there,’ Jacob Siegel writes in the opening story of this superb collection. What's especially valuable here is to be reminded how deeply ‘war stories’ have penetrated American culture, even while so many Americans fail to hear them. From Siobhan Fallon's moving anatomy of what a waiting spouse has to look forward to after her husband's third deployment, to Brian Van Reet's brilliant gloss on Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River," these stories mark the territory of Return, in a manner both rich and essential.”

Anthony Giardina, author of Norumbega Park and White Guys

“Like Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, most of these 15 stories are so deceptively crafted that the impact sneaks upon the reader in an unexpected way… It seems like we're preconditioned to expect 700-page epic novels, but a 10-page short story can condense all the emotion down to its core essence. The editors have done a remarkable job at maintaining that discipline… It's a powerful collection; for now, probably the best, most comprehensive—fictional—look at the wars that has been written."


WATCH: Editors Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher discuss Fire and Forget on The Daily Beast

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