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These Heroic, Happy Dead

These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogelson
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Apr 26, 2016 | 192 Pages
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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

“Memorably and darkly funny. . . . Mogelson gives a nuanced, empathetic look into lives irrevocably altered by conflict. . . . His writing is reminiscent of Hemingway’s. . . . The reader trusts Mogelson’s steady, lucid prose to outline the inner lives of these men.” The Nation

“Ten well-crafted stories of people scarred by war. . . . Mogelson avoids dwelling on trauma but circles it constantly, carefully exploring its fringes.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Commanding and resonant, deeply felt and rich in visceral detail. . . . The best stories in These Heroic, Happy Dead are arguably among the finest the genre has produced.” The New Republic

“We can now induct Luke Mogelson into that vital band of warrior storytellers—from Tim O’Brien and Michael Herr to Phil Klay and Elliot Ackerman—who, with great eloquence and moral courage, have labored, on both the battlefield and the page, to keep America honest about its foolish wars.” —Bob Shacochis

These Heroic, Happy Dead will undoubtedly serve as a new model by which war stories are measured.” –Consequence

“Masterful . . . Mogelson’s first book of stories is pristine.” —David Means, Salon.com

“The author’s refusal to condemn or condone his characters’ troubled lives gives this collection its particular power. Instead, Luke Mogelson bears witness to his soldiers and their actions, and in doing so honors their full humanity. Reminiscent of Hemingway’s In Our Time,  These Heroic, Happy Dead is an extraordinary debut, and it deserves a wide and appreciative audience.” —Ron Rash

“These Heroic, Happy Dead, is the best and most haunting book about the Afghan war that I’ve read. . . . This book hums with momentum and tension.” —Joshua Partlow, Publishers Weekly

“A stunning debut from a major talent; this book is up there with the best of modern war stories, from Hemingway to Tim O’Brien. This is a book which is going to last.” —Philipp Meyer

“The men and women in These Heroic, Happy Dead are object lessons in what makes a book haunting and unforgettable. ” —The Paris Review Daily

“Mogelson manages to do something beautiful and new in his work. . . . In addition to the excellent writing, Mogelson’s stories impress even more because his skill is matched with significant personal knowledge or impressive research on subjects.” —The Rumpus

“Like Denis Johnson and Thom Jones, there are shards of grim humor in some of these stories, but for the most part it’s a merciless reckoning with war’s ignobility. . . . Mogelson captures the unnerving beauty that follows devastation.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Luke Mogelson’s stories kicked me straight in the chest. The poisonous effects of war on soldiers is one of literature’s most ancient subjects, yet Mogelson writes with such freshness and fire that you feel new ground being broken, you feel the tremors of the secret pain that binds together Mogelson’s cast, and you feel the giant rumble of talent.” —Jonathan Miles

“Beautiful and spare. . . . Eloquent. . . . Mogelson is a genius of the ordinary.” —The Buffalo News

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