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I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them
by Jesse Goolsby


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In this powerful debut novel, three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan search for absolution and human connection in family and civilian life.

Wintric Ellis joins the army as soon as he graduates from high school, saying goodbye to his girlfriend, Kristen, and to the backwoods California town whose borders have always been the limits of his horizon.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In this powerful debut novel, three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan search for absolution and human connectionin family and civilian life.

Wintric Ellis joins the army as soon as he graduates from high school, saying goodbye to his girlfriend, Kristen, and to the backwoods California town whose borders have always been the limits of his horizon. Deployed in Afghanistan two years into a directionless war, he struggles to find his bearings in a place where allies could at any second turn out to be foes. Two career soldiers, Dax and Torres, take Wintric under their wing. Together, these three men face an impossible choice: risk death or commit a harrowing act of war. The aftershocks echo long after each returns home to a transfigured world, where his own children may fear to touch him and his nightmares still hold sway.

Jesse Goolsby casts backward and forward in time to track these unforgettable characters from childhood to parenthood, from redwood forests to open desert roads to the streets of Kabul. Hailed by Robert Olen Butler as a "major literary event," I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them is a work of disarming eloquence and heart-wrenching wisdom, and a debut novel from a writer to watch.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544380981
  • ISBN-10: 0544380983
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > War & Military
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Goolsby’s debut features deep characters and an uneven, meandering plot. Wintric Ellis begins his stint in the Army as a way of getting out of his rural California town directly after high school. He’s sent to Afghanistan, where he meets fellow soldiers Dax and Torres. In one routine patrol, the three soldiers are forced to make an impossible decision that results in a death. Ellis, torn apart inside, disfigures himself in order to be sent home from war. The other two men go their separate ways. They all do their best to reacclimatize themselves to civilian life, with varying degrees of success. They struggle with families, drug abuse, and hidden pain for years. Goolsby’s knowledge of military life comes through in every sentence: the suffering and ambivalence of the veterans is palpable, and readers will fully sympathize with them. That said, Goolsby seems unclear as to when he wants to wrap up the stories, and so the narrative becomes listless and wanders. Readers will start to wonder why they’re following the stories of Torres’s daughters. Still, Goolsby expertly renders his characters, bringing their struggles to life. Agent: Chelsea Lindman, Greenburger Associates. (June)

 
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