How many years does it take for a war to end? Three linked novellas about the impact of the Vietnam War
Collateral Damage begins with 1968: Getting Out, the story of a young man who risks suicide rather than take part in the Vietnam War. In 1982: If I Should Stay, the new Vietnam Memorial has been built to bring honor to the war’s dead and solace to survivors, but a family Thanksgiving remains overshadowed by the war. In 1993: Leaving Vietnam, renewed relations between the former enemies allow an angry grieving sister to visit Vietnam and try to make peace with both countries.
Although the Vietnam War ended in 1975, the issues it raised about who goes to war, who doesn’t, and why, as well as the consequences for them and the people who love them, are ones that we unfortunately continue to face today.
“These are engrossing stories told with considerable artistry, full of recognition and sympathy.”
—Diane Johnson, author of The Shadow Knows
“In short, it’s brilliant… an amazing product of that unfortunate waste [Vietnam], on par with, yet completely different from, that Vietnam War masterpiece, The Things They Carried.”
—Curtis Dawkins, BULL Men’s Fiction
Cover photo: Angeli Kirk