A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the
harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. The war tried
to kill us in the spring. So begins this powerful account of friendship
and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and
eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a
bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle
makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into
a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two
young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that
press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental
stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a
hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around
him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. With profound
emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers
and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is
destined to become a classic.

Kevin Powers—The Yellow Birds - A Novel

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