Brave Deeds (Paperback)
Once again, David Abrams takes us inside the world of war with a story of six soldiers determined to go to a funeral. What does it mean to be brave? What does it mean to be loyal? What does it mean to be a good soldier? And perhaps even more importantly, what does it mean to be a good friend? These six flawed men have gone AWOL, in a determined effort to honor their fallen Staff Sergeant. As they walk across a part of Iraq, we learn their stories, including their fears and personal challenges. Abrams is good at what he does – revealing truth as found in the harshest of environments. His latest story is another winner.
— Linda Bond
From Fobbit author David Abrams, Brave Deeds is a compelling novel of war, brotherhood, and America. Spanning eight hours, the novel follows a squad of six AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader, Staff Sergeant Rafe Morgan. As the men make their way to the funeral, they recall the most ancient of warriors yet are a microcosm of twenty-first-century America, and subject to the same human flaws as all of us. Drew is reliable in the field but unfaithful at home; Cheever, overweight and whining, is a friend to no one--least of all himself; and platoon commander Dmitri "Arrow" Arogapoulos is stalwart, yet troubled with questions about his own identity and sexuality. Emotionally resonant, true-to-life, and thoughtfully written, Brave Deeds is a gripping story of combat and of perserverance, and an important addition to the oeuvre of contemporary war fiction.
About the Author
David Abrams, author of Fobbit, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, served in the U.S. Army for twenty years and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of a public affairs team. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, Narrative, and other publications. He lives in Butte, Montana.