The Yellow Birds is now available in paperback.
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown; 240 pages; $24.99).
Few fiction authors have tackled the subject of the Iraq War; most of those have been published only within the past year: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, Fobbit by David Abrams, and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. All are written from a soldier’s perspective. While Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Fobbit are satirical, The Yellow Birds is intense and somber. Perhaps there is a reason for that; Powers was the only one to see real combat in Iraq.
Powers enlisted in the army when he was only 17, later serving as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq, in 2004 and 2005. He knows firsthand the horrors of war, and that knowledge is what makes his book stand apart from the rest. The Yellow Birds is achingly real and passionate.
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