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. Two career soldiers, Dax and Torres,
take Wintric under their wing. Together, these three men face an impossible
choice: risk death or commit a harrowing act of war.
The aftershocks echo long
after each returns home to a transfigured world, where his own children may
fear to touch him and his nightmares still hold sway. Jesse Goolsby casts
backward and forward in time to track these unforgettable characters from
childhood to parenthood, from redwood forests to open desert roads to the
streets of Kabul. 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. Download and start listening now!