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The Yellow Birds

Kevin Powers

19 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), War & combat fiction

An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, THE YELLOW BIRDS is already being hailed as a modern classic.

WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD

A soldier's broken promise ... a mother's loss ... an agonizing truth. THE YELLOW BIRDS gives a powerful, emotional insight into the human cost of war - its impact on soldiers, their families, and most of all what it is like to return home, but never be able to leave the memories behind. Kevin Powers served two terms as a machine gunner with the US army in Iraq. On his return, he was asked one question more than any other: "What was it like over there?"

THE YELLOW BIRDS is his attempt to reckon with that question.

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Praise for The Yellow Birds

  • Extraordinary . . . beautifully accomplished. The mark of an artist of the first order . . . a must-read book. - JOHN BURNSIDE, GUARDIAN

  • 'Remarkable for its intensity of both feeling and expression. In this book about death, every line is a defiant assertion of the power of beauty to revivify, whether beauty shows itself in nature or (later) in art. - HILARY MANTEL, GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR

  • The best book I have read this year - IRISH TIMES

  • A stunning read . . . beautiful [and] devastating. - SIMON MAYO, BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB

  • A masterpiece ... a classic. - THE TIMES, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

  • Harrowing, inexplicably beautiful, and utterly, urgently necessary. - ANN PATCHETT, Orange Prizewinning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder

  • A wonderful, powerful novel that moves and terrifies. - INDEPENDENT

  • A stunning achievement - visceral [and] poignant. - SUNDAY TIMES

  • A masterpiece ... a classic. - THE TIMESBOOKS OF THE YEAR

  • THE YELLOW BIRDS is a wonderful, powerful novel that moves and terrifies. - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

  • Powers has written a compassionate, poetic ev

  • A stunning achievement, visceral [and] poignant. - SUNDAY TIMES

  • A masterpiece ... a classic. - THE TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR

  • Tautly written and unforgiving in its depiction of the human cost of war. - THE

  • Remarkable for its intensity of both feeling and expression. In this book about death, every line is a defiant assertion of the power of beauty to revivify, whether beauty shows itself in nature or (later) in art. Graves, Owen and Sassoon would have recognised this war and the strange poetry it has bred. - HILARY MANTEL, GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR

  • As war novels go, THE YELLOW BIRDS is a triumph, mining the conflict in Iraq to investigate universal questions of the extent to which we are in control of our lives; the degree to which we are capable of exercising free will. As debuts go it's better yet, with an opening as arresting and beautiful as any I have recently encountered - G2, Guardian

  • Tautly written and unforgiving in its depiction of the human cost of war. - THE TIMES

  • An extraordinary novel . . . remarkable . . . stands with Tim O'Brien's enduring Vietnam book, The Things They Carried, as a classic of contemporary war fiction . . . brilliantly observed and deeply affecting. - MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NEW YORK TIMES

  • I found in THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers a vivid, poetic account of modern warfare. Powers joined the US Marines at 17, going on to serve as a machine gunner in Iraq, and each line bleeds hard-fought truths. - RICHARD GODWIN, EVENING STANDARD BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. His debut novel, THE YELLOW BIRDS won the Guardian First Book Award 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller in its first week of publication.

www.kevincpowers.com