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Anatomy of a Soldier

Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
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May 17, 2016 | 320 Pages
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“This is one of the most intimate and detailed accounts of a wounded soldier’s recovery ever committed to paper. . . . Behind this absorbing novel lies the indomitable spirit of Harry Parker. He has fought his way back from the darkest boundary of life to become a husband, father and, as this book shows, a writer of gifts and promise.” —Michael Moritz, The Wall Street Journal

“Harry Parker’s novel is a stunning concept, with stunning execution.” —Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness

“A gripping wartime story boldly and creatively told . . . Parker is invested in expressing the particulars of war with surprising intimacy, and the unique structure with multiple viewpoints ultimately reveals harsh truths about the countless cogs in the machine of war . . . Parker’s unflinching tone lends the novel its lasting power.” —Publishers Weekly

“This debut novel chronicles a soldier’s maiming and recovery with an inventiveness that in no way mitigates war’s searing heartbreak—or the spirit’s indomitability . . . Parker’s storytelling device of using objects as his narrators intensifies the reader’s focus on the human emotions . . . You couldn’t call this novel an antiwar tract . . . But you could certainly label it a pro-understanding work of art—and those may be more in need right now than ever before.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . Anatomy of a Soldier is disorienting but deeply compelling.” —Booklist (starred)

“A great novel: a defining work about a place beyond survival, where the terribly damaged succeed not just in living and adapting, but in bringing illumination back from the abyss. It will be read with wonder, with respect and with gratitude.” —Anthony Loyd, The New Statesman

“Raw, uncompromising and courageous, this is a brilliant and unforgettable book.” —Deirdre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror
 
“Parker manages to create great moments of suspense and pathos, thanks largely to the innovative structure he employs . . .Following the well-worn advice given to first-time novelists, Parker has written about what he knows. It just happens that he’s done it unusually well.” —Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times 
 
“[Parker’s] prose, economical but evocative and at times wincingly graphic, confidently shepherds you through the ruptured timeline . . . morally and emotionally complex.” —Chris Power, The Guardian
 
“A mighty achievement . . . stark and superb.” —Esquire [UK]

“An arresting and unconventional first novel . . . Anatomy of a Soldier is disorienting but deeply compelling.” —Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (starred)
 
“We’ve become desensitized to war stories, but Harry Parker—not simply through the originality of his approach but also through skillful storytelling, intimate observation, and an endless ability to surprise and move the reader—cuts past our callouses and delivers a bold new narrative of war and its aftermath.” —Phil Klay

“It is a novel of concentrated ferocity and chilling accomplishments, tense and unflinching but alive to every nuance of feeling.” —Hilary Mantel

“A new take on the war novel. . . both disorienting and captivating. . . nuanced and wonderfully complex.” —The Guardian (U.K.)

“A riveting, evocative, brutally realistic read. Anatomy of a Soldier is a novel, but one clearly based on the author’s searing experiences in combat and during recovery. It provides a vivid description of life as a soldier in Afghanistan and of life after being seriously wounded. What Harry Parker has written will enthrall, enlighten, and stay with readers.” —General (Ret) David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, 2010-2011

“A tour de force. In this brilliant and beguiling novel Harry Parker sees the hidden forces that act on the bodies and souls of combatants and non-combatants. These pages are dangerous but they contain compassion and sorrow too. There is wonder here at what men have done to themselves. It feels like war through the looking glass but it is utterly real.” —Nadeem Aslam
 
“This is a brilliant book, direct from the battle zone, where all the paraphernalia of slaughter is deployed to tell its particular and savage story.” —Edna O’Brien

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