By (author) David Abrams

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 208mm x 28mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 13 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802120326
  • ISBN 13: 9780802120328
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 514,624

Product description

At Forward Operating Base Triumph in Baghdad, a combat-avoiding staff sergeant named Chance Gooding spends his time composing press releases that spin grim events into statements more palatable to the public.

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Author information

David Abrams served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of a public affairs team. He was named the Department of Defense's Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations. His stories have appeared in "Esquire," "Narrative," and other literary magazines. He lives in Butte, Montana.

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--A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2012--One of Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2012 (#49)--One of Barnes and Noble's Best Books of 2012--"St Louis Post-Dispatch" 50 Favorite Books of 2012--"Paste Magazine" Best Books of 2012--"January Magazine" Best Books of 2012--A B&N Discover Great New Writers Selection--One of "Publishers Weekly"'s Top 10 Literary Fiction picks for the Fall--Finalist for Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction--2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book--Millions Notables of 2012--An American Booksellers Association IndieNext Pick--One of "Kirkus Reviews"'s "10 Great Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud"--Daily Beast's 2012 Best Books on Today's Wars by Veterans--"Library Journal" Fabulous Fall Firsts of 2012 "A retired veteran whose 20-year career in the Army included a 2005 tour in Baghdad, Abrams is comfortable and convincing locating the action in Iraq. . . . "Fobbit" is a vicious skewering of this surprisingly large military subculture of war avoidance."--"TIME" "I applaud David Abrams for sticking to his vision and writing the satire he wanted to write instead of adding to the crowded shelf of war memoirs. In "Fobbit," he has written a very funny book, as funny, disturbing, heartbreaking and ridiculous as war itself."--"New York Times Book Review" ""Fobbit" blends fiction and journalism, an apt reflection of literary influences combined with [Abrams's] experience in an Army public affairs team. . . . Though absurd, these Dickensian characters are all so skillfully wrought that we quickly accept their idiosyncrasies. . . . What's most intriguing about this work is that, at its center, it is both a clever study in anxiety and an unsettling expose of how the military tells its truths. "Fobbit" traces how "the Army story" is crafted, the dead washed of their blood, words scrutinized, and success applied to disasters."--"The Washington Post" "Akin to Catch-22 and M*A*S*H