One Community/One Book 2014

“In Redeployment, his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay … gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a  combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war.”                                                                            The Madness of War Told in the First Person

Book cover of RedeploymentThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, in cooperation with the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, have chosen Redeployment for the 2014 One Community/One Book selection.

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In Redeployment, former U.S. Marine Phil Klay presents twelve gritty and compelling short stories on the experience of war in Iraq and the challenges faced by those returning home. This collection is based on the author’s duty as a Public Affairs Officer in the Anbar Province, Iraq during the surge in 2007 and 2008. Each story is told from a different perspective, including those of a young artillery man, a member of Mortuary Affairs, a military chaplain, and a Foreign Service Officer. Redeployment has been selected as one of five finalists for the prestigious 2014 National Book Award.

Due to the nature of its subject matter, this book contains raw depictions and graphic language.

For more information on One Community/One Book, please contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian 210-567-2406.

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.