Iraq in Fiction: 5 War Novels for this Generation

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Carpenter's first novel, new for June (Knopf), chronicles the heartache of the mother of a Navy SEAL who has gone missing in Iraq. Hers is a palpable, liminal grief, heavy with anxiety and memories. Carpenter masterfully points to not only of the hardship of the soldiers abroad, but also of the mothers, waiting, without much reassurance, for words of hope.

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