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Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

In “Redeployment,” a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people “who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.” In “After Action Report,” a lance corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn’t commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of US and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious colonel. And in the darkly comic “Money as a Weapons System,” a young Foreign Service officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship, and violence that make up a soldier’s daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Phil Klay’s stories are tightly wound psychological thrillers… It’s a thrill to read a young writer so brilliantly parsing the complexities and vagaries of war. That he does so with surgical precision and artful zest makes this a must-read.”

    Anthony Swofford, New York Times bestselling author of Jarhead

  • “Klay’s writing is searing and powerful, unsparing of its characters and its readers, art made from a soldier’s fearless commitment to confront those losses that can’t be tallied in statistics.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Vampire in the Lemon Grove

  • “[Phil Klay] slips himself in under the skin of the war with a muscular language and an agile heart and a fair amount of complicated doubt. Redeployment will be one of the great story collections of recent times. Phil Klay is a writer of our times.”

    Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author of Transatlantic

  • “In Klay’s hands, Iraq comes across not merely as a theater of war but as a laboratory of the human condition in extremis. Redeployment is hilarious, biting, whipsawing, and sad. It’s the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls.”

    New York Times

  • “Klay has a nearly perfect ear for the language of the grunts —the cursing, the cadence, the mixing of humor, and hopelessness…The most powerful sections of Redeployment are the ones that reflect not on Iraq but on the United States, which the Marines begin to see, even when they are still deployed, as a place nearly as incomprehensible as the country they are fighting in.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Phil Klay’s spare, unflinching prose reflects his previous career as a US Marine Corps veteran serving in Iraq. A fierce and heart-rending read.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A sharp set of stories, the author's debut, about US soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their aftermaths…A no-nonsense and informed reckoning with combat.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Craig Klein perfectly narrates these stories of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…Klay, who as an adjutant in the Marines, had the perfect vantage point to see all sides of the warrior’s life, splendidly captures the experience of war. Klein’s voice is well matched to the text of each story—each told in the first person by a different observer…[and] reads each story as though he were the observer himself. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[Written with] unsparing clarity…Read here by Craig Klein, Klay’s prose gains a gritty immediacy, making all the more powierful the feat these marines endured, their adrenaline, highs, the wild swings of their moral compasses.”

    BookPage (Top Pick in Audio)

  • “[A] mesmerizing reading…Klein voices all the solders similarly, in a precise, sometimes staccato accent. This technique powerfully links all the characters and roles in a fraternity of experience that speaks in a single voice. Moving at a measured pace in a compelling baritone, Klein’s narration underlines the grim realities of war…Rich dialogue permeated with profanity and gallows humor fills this candid account…The fine and insightful writing shines in Klein’s unassuming yet wonderfully effective performance.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “Important reading; pay attention.”

    Library Journal

  • “As we try to understand the human costs of yet another foreign conflict, Phil Klay brings us the stories of the American combatants, told in a distinct, new, and powerful voice.”

    Nathan Englander, author of What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank

  • “If you want to know the real cost of war for those who do the fighting, read Redeployment. These stories say it all, with an eloquence and rare humanity that will simultaneously break your heart and give you reasons to hope.”

    Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • One of the New York Magazine Top 10 Books of 2014
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2014
  • Longlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Debut Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 John Leonard Prize
  • A BookPage Top Pick for Reading Groups
  • Winner of the 2015 Chautauqua Prize
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