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Carrying Theodore Weesner

Carrying

Theodore Weesner

Published
ISBN : 9781681200569
Paperback
306 pages
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Bestselling author Theodore Weesner releases his first new novel in fifteen years—a gritty and realistic work of literary fiction that throws the reader into the detonating heart of the first Iraq war. With unapologetic candor, Weesner navigates theMoreBestselling author Theodore Weesner releases his first new novel in fifteen years—a gritty and realistic work of literary fiction that throws the reader into the detonating heart of the first Iraq war. With unapologetic candor, Weesner navigates the psychological minefield surrounding South Boston native Jimmy Murphy, a young soldier who writes a secret battlefield journal to his old English professor, Herman Roth. Weesners narrative elegantly weaves two gripping journeys together: Roths struggle with a waning academic career, and Jimmys life--pulsating with rage, racial prejudice, and unfulfilled desire--as he fights to become the top gunner of the elite 2nd Cavalry Tank Division. Jimmys rapid rise through the ranks gives him a sense of purpose and order, even as the war descends into chaos, and Iraq transforms into a wasteland of burning oil wells and charred corpses. And when its all over, will he really be able to leave the war behind? Written in Weesners signature penetrative style, Carrying expertly renders a startling portrait of a youth coming of age amongst terror and war. A timely and beautifully written novel that inserts itself into the zeitgeist of the legions of young soldiers who return home but never quite leave the battlefield.