2013 INDIEFAB BOOK OF THE YEAR / 2013 MWSA GOLD MEDAL
“…a collection of short-shorts that serves to highlight the value of abbreviated, urgent storytelling—of precise, finely wrought metaphors and evocative images that linger long after you turn the page.”
Flashes of War is written in "a deceptively minimalist style that out-Carvers Carver and exposes the traumas of war without any breast-beating outrage.”
"In a series of searing vignettes, Katey Schultz has captured our contemporary warscapes with a panoramic intensity. Writing of this degree of commitment and integrity is living evidence of the power of fiction to tell the truth about reality. This is a brilliant, unsettling, and disturbingly beautiful book.”author of The Watch
“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 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.”author of New York Times bestseller Horse Soldiers
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.
“Katey is a remarkable writer and teacher. I have learned so much. Her guidance supports and challenges me, as I organize my days around writing and the writing life.”
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