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In a new edition of the National Book Award-winning story of a Vietnam veteran haunted by the ghost of war, Heinemann tells of Paco, the lone survivor of a brutal attack on his company. His story puts forth endless ironies that capture the ordinary and unthinkable horrors of a GI's life.
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Paco Sullivan arrives in town penniless and job-hunting, the rain evaporating off the street forming "pungent steam so thick you would think his legs were cut off at the knees." In truth, the enigmatic Paco is indeed crippled. He is the sole survivor of an infantry company "pulverized to ash" in the Vietnam War. The methodical monotony of a dishwashing job in a diner offers some salve, though everyday things bring back savage memories. Heinemann's second novel--the first, Close Quarters, was based on his combat experience in Vietnam--is narrated through the collective voices of Paco's dead colleagues and offers a war veteran's envious and despairing view of the regular world. Paco's Story won the 1987 National Book Award.From the Publisher:
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