Bring Out the Dog

Stories
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.52 hours)
Product Number: Z100126857
Released: Mar 06, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525528043
Narrator/s: Will Mackin
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"A near-miraculous, brilliant debut."-George Saunders, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo "In one exquisitely crafted story after the next, Will Mackin maps the surreal psychological terrain of soldiers in a perpetual war."-Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment WINNER OF THE PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION The eleven stories in Will Mackin's mesmerizing debut collection draw from his many deployments with a special operations task force in Iraq and Afghanistan. They began as notes he jotted on the inside of his forearm in grease pencil and, later, as bullet points on the torn-off flap of an MRE kit. Whenever possible he incorporated those notes into his journals. Years later, he used those journals to write this book. Together, the stories in Bring Out the Dog offer a remarkable portrait of the absurdity and poetry that define life in the most elite, clandestine circles of modern warfare. It is a world of intense bonds, ancient credos, and surprising compassion-of success, failure, and their elusive definitions. Moving between settings at home and abroad, in vivid language that reflects the wonder and discontent of war, Mackin draws the reader into a series of surreal, unsettling, and deeply human episodes: In "Crossing the River No Name," a close call suggests that miracles do exist, even if they are in brutally short supply; in "Great Circle Route Westward Through Perpetual Night," the death of the team's beloved dog plunges them into a different kind of grief; in "Kattekoppen," a man struggles to reconcile his commitments as a father and his commitments as a soldier; and in "Baker's Strong Point," a man whose job it is to pull things together struggles with a loss of control. Told without a trace of false bravado and with a keen, Barry Hannah-like sense of the absurd, Bring Out the Dog manages to capture the tragedy and heroism, the degradation and exultation, in the smallest details of war. Praise for Bring Out the Dog "Good stories that deal with war must deal with the extremes of war: heroic altruism and murderous selfishness, piercing beauty and disgusting ugliness. Mackin hits all the notes and all the notes sound true. These stories are right at the top with the best I've ever read."-Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

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Author(s): Will Mackin
Original Publish Date: Mar 06, 2018

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Author(s): Will Mackin
Product Number EB00706678
Released: Mar 06, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780812995657

Professional reviews

"Will Mackin provides the narration for his debut audiobook, a quietly devastating series of stories arising from his military deployment. The audiobook creates a nonlinear, disorienting experience reflecting the essence of life in the field. The world he creates is real and often brutal, but his themes are universal: kinship, the struggle of facing grief, and human fragility. In one story, in which the narrator is in desperate need of a miracle, a moment of spiritual realism is captured without sliding into sentimentality. Mackin's performance is unadorned, direct, and honest. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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