Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book Review :
"[Klay captures] on an intimate scale the ways in which the war in Iraq evoked a unique array of emotion, predicament and heartbreak. In Klay's hands, Iraq comes across not merely as a theater of war but as a laboratory of the human condition in extremis. Redeployment is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It's the best thing written so far on what the war did to people's souls."
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times :
"In Redeployment , his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay-a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who served in Iraq during the surge-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. Gritty, unsparing and fiercely observed, these stories leave us with a harrowing sense of the war in Iraq as it was experienced, day by day, by individual soldiers."
George Packer, The New Yorker :
"The best literary work thus far written by a veteran of America's recent wars.... Klay's fiction peels back every pretty falsehood and self-delusion in the encounter between veterans and the people for whom they supposedly fought."
Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine :
"An excellent, upsetting debut collection of short stories. Klay's own view is everywhere, existential and practical, at home and abroad, distributed with wonderful clarity of voice and harrowing specificity of experience among Army chaplains, enlisted men, Foreign Service officers, members of Mortuary Affair, and more."
The Wall Street Journal :
"The influences behind Mr. Klay's writing go far beyond Iraq. At times Redeployment recapitulates the remarkably tender, self-conscious style that Tim O'Brien forged from his experiences in Vietnam...Mr. Klay is able to surprise and provoke....Mr. Klay gives a deeply disquieting view of a generation of soldiers reared on war's most terrible contradictions."
Entertainment Weekly :
"Klay-a Marine who served during the surge-has an eye and an ear for a single searing line of dialogue or a scene of maddening dissonance that can pierce your soul....Klay brilliantly manages to wring some sense out of the nonsensical-resulting in an extraordinary, if unnerving, literary feat."
San Francisco Chronicle :
"Klay's closely observed debut collection of stories...makes a fine contribution....Klay establishes an impressive authority over his subject, which he maintains throughout the book in a clipped and jargon-laden prose."
Portland Oregonian :
"One of the best debuts of the year."
Men's Journal :
"In a book that's drawing comparisons to classic war literature like Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried , Klay examines the deep conflict, in all of us, between wanting to tell our stories and wanting to protect them from being diminished or misunderstood."
The Daily Beast:
"Phil Klay has written brilliant, true, and winning fiction on the Iraq War."
"Perhaps the most vital short story collection to emerge in the past few years.... Redeployment falls somewhere between the in-the-trenches lyricism of Kevin Powers's The Yellow Birds and the bold satire of Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk . And yet, it feels more urgent than both.... Redeployment is urgent, smart, and darkly comic."
Publishers Weekly (starred):
"Klay grasps both tough-guy characterization and life spent in the field, yet he also mines the struggle of soldiers to be emotionally freed from the images they can't stop seeing. It's clear that Klay, himself a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq, has parlayed his insider's knowledge of soldier-bonding and emotional scarring into a collection that proves a powerful statement on the nature of war, violence, and the nuances of human nature."
Kirkus Reviews (starred):
"A sharp set of stories....Klay's grasp of bureaucracy and bittershow more