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Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Vietcong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues him almost two days later, Paco is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the United States with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off a bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed, but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body.

Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco’s Story plunges the reader into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Larry Heinemann is…the grunt’s novelist of the Vietnam War. His is the storytelling of life and death between the laager and the treeline, a life of dirt, fear, dope, alcohol, brutality, curses and evil.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Resonates with a devastating and bitter irony…Heinemann writes about workingman’s Vietnam, exceptional for its bleak, shared unexceptional reality. This is the war, no question, and there is no escape.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Paco’s Story deserves a place among the best Vietnam war novels.”

    Providence Sunday Journal

  • “A well-written, ruminative work…Heinemann has a promising talent.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intense, vividly written…a very frightening, yet wondrously rendered tale of violent extremes of human behavior. A strongly emotional reading experience, it is highly recommended for collections of serious contemporary fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1987
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