Illuminating the intimate, human faces of war, this unique series of short stories by award-winning author Katey Schultz questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness to the shared struggles of all who are touched by it. Numerous characters—returning U.S. soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go—appear in Flashes of War, which captures personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor in one collection spanning nations and perspectives. Written in clear, accessible language with startling metaphors, this unforgettable journey leaves aside judgment, bringing us closer to a broader understanding of war by focusing on individuals, their motivations, and their impossible decisions. Flashes of War weaves intimate portrayals of lives affected by the War on Terror into a distinctive tapestry of emotional resonance. It builds bridges, tears them down, and sends out a universal plea for reconnection.
Specs: Paperback, 188 pages, 6×9″ perfect bound on white paper
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“Katey Schultz has written an amazing book. What emerges from these stories is a chorus of voices—American, Afghan, Iraqi—and this chorus enlarged my sense of the experience of a war that has defined an American decade. Flashes Of War is the work of a bold, ambitious, and brilliant young author who is writing stories few others in American fiction have really yet tackled.” – Doug Stanton, author of New York Times Bestsellers Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way
“The title of this fine book may lead us to believe we’ll see the war in the Middle East in tiny, fragmentary bursts of the sort that come to us in nightmares, and this book indeed bursts in small ways throughout, in tight narratives, in arresting images, in brilliant searches into the distresses of the human heart, but Flashes of War is so much more than that. This is a book about the whole war, the soldiers on both sides, the civilians on both sides, the consequences for everybody involved before, during, and after. This book, maybe more effectively than any in a long time, pleads with humanity to end war once and for all. Read this book, and seek peace.” – Mike Magnuson, author of Lummox, The Evolution of a Man
“Flashes of War is fierce and beautiful, a collection of finely honed stories that hit with the bite of a bullet. It’s a read you can’t put down. Hoozah for Schultz, a brave new talent on the literary scene.” – Claire Davis, author of Labors of the Heart
Katey Schultz grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing Program and recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council. She lives in a 1970 Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest. This is her first book. Please visit www.kateyschultz.com