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.
Extraordinary . . . beautifully accomplished. The mark of an artist of the first order . . . a must-read book. - JOHN BURNSIDE, GUARDIAN
A masterpiece ... a classic. - THE TIMES, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A stunning achievement - visceral [and] poignant. - SUNDAY TIMES
'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 wonderful, powerful novel that moves and terrifies. - INDEPENDENT
Harrowing, inexplicably beautiful, and utterly, urgently necessary. - ANN PATCHETT, Orange Prizewinning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder
A stunning read . . . beautiful [and] devastating. - SIMON MAYO, BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB
Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A former soldier who served with the US army in Iraq in 2004-5, he studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University after his honorable discharge and received an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His debut novel, The Yellow Birds, won the Guardian First book Award, the Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His first collection of poetry, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting, was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize.