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[Read by Andrew Eiden] Hailed by Robert Olen Butler as a ''major literary event,'' I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them is a work of disarming eloquence and heart -- wrenching wisdom -- a debut novel from a writer to watch. In this powerful debut novel, three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan search for absolution and human connection in family and civilian life. Wintric Ellis joins the army as soon as he graduates from high school, saying goodbye to his girlfriend, Kristen, and to the backwoods California town whose borders have always been the limits of his horizon. Deployed for two years in Afghanistan in a directionless war, he struggles to find his bearings in a place where allies could at any second turn out to be foes.

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Jesse Goolsby

Jesse Goolsby is an Air Force officer and the author of Acceleration Hours (University of Nevada Press) and I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) , winner of the Florida Book Award for Fiction and long-listed for the Flaherty-Duncan First Novel Prize. His fiction and essays have appeared widely, including The Literary Review, EPOCH, The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, Salon, and Pleiades. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Short Story Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. His work has been listed as notable in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories, and selected for Best American Mystery Stories. He serves as Acquisitions Editor for the literary journal War, Literature & the Arts. Goolsby holds an English degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a Masters degree in English from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. For news, events, and reviews, visit his official author site at jessegoolsby.com.

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