Recent American wars have made the term “redeployment” a household word. Troops are moved around, withdrawn and redistributed in one big seemingly endless war. Phil Klay’s stunningly fine and poignant debut collection of short stories, Redeployment, uses the word “war” both as military language and as the world his characters inhabit. These 18, often brutal stories are told by different narrators who have a variety of jobs and ranks. The tone and style throughout is understated, quiet, reserved—in perfect counterbalance to the horrific events that are being described.
A great primer on Phil Klay via Shelf Awareness - the author will celebrate the Brooklyn book launch of Redeployment with novelist Patrick McGrath in March. To RSVP here, go here.