From the author of I Saw a Man comes a powerful drama in verse that captures both the trauma of modern warfare and the difficulty of transitioning back to normal life after combat.
In early 2008, three young friends from Bristol decide to join the army and are deployed to the conflict in Afghanistan. Within a short space of time the three men return to the women in their lives—a wife, a mother, a girlfriend—all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of military service. Written from the points of view of each soldier, Sheers explores not only their experiences in the field of battle, but also the grueling process of recovery following a debilitating injury, the strain of PTSD on a new marriage, and the emotional toll of survivor’s guilt among soldiers and their loved ones at home. Drawing on interviews with soldiers and their families, Pink Mist illuminates the enduring human cost of war and its all too often devastating effect upon the young lives pulled into its orbit. A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity, and emotional intensity.
OWEN SHEERS is a poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into ten languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean nonfiction narrative, won the Wales Book of the Year Award. His awards for poetry and… More about Owen Sheers
“Hugely atmospheric and affecting . . . Masterfully controlling rhyme and rhythm, Sheers tunnels through the darkness to display the triumph of love and language over violence and silence.” —The Independent
“Phenomenal . . . Timeless in its depiction of the pity of war . . . Extremely moving.” —Esquire UK
“A beautifully crafted verse-drama of three young British soldiers before, during and after their Afghan tour . . . If, as one narrator says, ‘There’s a signature to every war,’ Sheers has drawn it here in its most vivid, complex, devastating colours.” —Financial Times
“Pink Mist is a tremendous book. It feels huge, engulfing, devastating . . . [Sheers’] poetry is more powerful than any polemic. He does not stand on a soapbox. He prefers to show, not tell.” —The Observer