Minimal Damage: Stories Of Veterans (Western Literature Series)

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In the seven stories and novella of "Minimal Damage", veterans search for dignity in a civilian life that has no need for men who were soldiers. Finding themselves psychically scarred, in crisis, on the fringes of society, or in battle with their memories, these men are living "like warts on America's ass."The characters range from the enigmatic Mr K, who runs a reality television show and once led an escape from a Korean POW camp, to the doomed Billy Debecki, who regains his dignity in the last minutes of his life by remembering that he once willingly risked his life to save an enemy soldier. In one story, a man who was never a soldier finds a path toward reconciliation with his brother, a former Marine. In another, a man recalls becoming a soldier by watching the humanity of a fellow recruit disintegrate in basic training. In the novella "Snake Boy," a homeless Vietnam vet is kidnapped by a snake-handling evangelist. In proper, upstanding lives and lost, drifting ones, the depth of damage is never immediately apparent for these men. In war, chance, luck, and arbitrary timing conspire to determine a soldier's fate. As civilians, the same uncontrollable forces influence who finds a place in society and who is doomed to keep searching.With emotion, humor, and clarity, Barnes creates characters who show us what it is to live with the trauma of having experienced combat. The fractured souls and lives of these men remind us that the damage doesn't remain on the battlefield.

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H. Lee Barnes is a former Green Beret and a Vietnam veteran. He is the author of two short-story collections, Gunning for Ho: Vietnam Stories and Talk to Me, James Dean; a novel, The Lucky; and a nonfiction book on casino workers, Dummy Up and Deal: Inside the Culture of Casino Dealing. His short fiction received the first annual Willamette Fiction Award and the Arizona Authors Association Fiction Award. He lives in Las Vegas, and teaches English and creative writing at the Community College of Southern Nevada.

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"I know where the veterans go. Into the silence. That's where my tribe waits. I won't need a map or a sign. I'll march out there where the cave is, and maybe, if I remember and tell my story clearly, one of my kind will hear the words the way Beethoven heard the notes, and he will tell me why God did that, or if not God, who."

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Book Description University of Nevada Press, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In the seven stories and novella of Minimal Damage , veterans search for dignity in a civilian life that has no need for men who were soldiers. Finding themselves psychically scarred, in crisis, on the fringes of society, or in battle with their memories, these men are living like warts on America s ass. The characters range from the enigmatic Mr K, who runs a reality television show and once led an escape from a Korean POW camp, to the doomed Billy Debecki, who regains his dignity in the last minutes of his life by remembering that he once willingly risked his life to save an enemy soldier. In one story, a man who was never a soldier finds a path toward reconciliation with his brother, a former Marine. In another, a man recalls becoming a soldier by watching the humanity of a fellow recruit disintegrate in basic training. In the novella Snake Boy, a homeless Vietnam vet is kidnapped by a snake-handling evangelist. In proper, upstanding lives and lost, drifting ones, the depth of damage is never immediately apparent for these men. In war, chance, luck, and arbitrary timing conspire to determine a soldier s fate. As civilians, the same uncontrollable forces influence who finds a place in society and who is doomed to keep searching.With emotion, humor, and clarity, Barnes creates characters who show us what it is to live with the trauma of having experienced combat. The fractured souls and lives of these men remind us that the damage doesn t remain on the battlefield. Bookseller Inventory # FLT9780874177213

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Book Description University of Nevada Press, Reno, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 200 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. SHORT STORIES. In the seven stories and novella of Minimal Damage, veterans search for dignity in a civilian life that has no need for men who were soldiers. Finding themselves psychically scarred, in crisis, on the fringes of society, or in battle with their memories, these men are living "like warts on America's ass." The characters range from the enigmatic Mr. K, who runs a reality television show and once led an escape from a Korean pow camp, to the doomed Billy Debecki, who regains his dignity in the last minutes of his life by remembering that he once willingly risked his life to save an enemy soldier. In one story, a man who was never a soldier finds a path toward reconciliation with his brother, a former Marine. In another, a man recalls becoming a soldier by watching the humanity of a fellow recruit disintegrate in basic training. In the novella "Snake Boy," a homeless Vietnam vet is kidnapped by a snake-handling evangelist. In proper, upstanding lives and lost, drifting ones, the depth of damage is never immediately apparent for these men. In war, chance, luck, and arbitrary timing conspire to determine a soldier's fate. As civilians, the same uncontrollable forces influence who finds a place in society and who is doomed to keep searching. With emotion, humor, and clarity, Barnes creates characters who show us what it is to live with the trauma of having experienced combat. The fractured souls and lives of these men remind us that the damage doesn't remain on the battlefield. Western Literature Series. H. Lee Barnes has been a sergeant with the Army Special Forces in Vietnam, a deputy sheriff, a narcotics agent, a private investigator, a construction laborer, and a blackjack dealer. He is now professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. The many honors he has received for his writing include induction into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Excellence in the Arts Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America in 2013. "The strongest pieces exemplify the words of one character who tells his daughter that all we can do is invent myths to smooth the harshness. The lives on display here do just that in stories told with understated compassion and unexpected flashes of humor." -Publishers Weekly "Why lie? You need to read and re-read every single story in Minimal Damage.hits the reader with maxiumum impact." - Las Vegas CityLife "In this well-formed, unified collection, the fault line between those who have served as soldiers and those who haven't is laid bare." - Reno News and Review ".brilliant, beautifully rendered collection of short fiction.I didn't want any of the stories to end." - The VA Veteran Contents "I know where the veterans go. Into the silence. That's where my tribe waits. I won't need a map or a sign. I'll march out there where the cave is, and maybe, if I remember and tell my story clearly, one of my kind will hear the words the way Beethoven heard the notes, and he will tell me why God did that, or if not God, who." (Key Words: H. Lee Barnes, Minimal Damage: Stories of Veterans ). book. Bookseller Inventory # 84467X1

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