Matthew J Hefti A Hard And Heavy Thing

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A Hard And Heavy Thing

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Contemplating suicide after nearly a decade at war, Levi sits down to write a note to his best friend Nick, explaining why things have to come to this inevitable end. Years earlier, Levi--a sergeant in the army--made a tragic choice that led his team into ambush, leaving three soldiers dead and two badly injured. During the attack, Levi risked death to save a badly burned and disfigured Nick. His actions won him the Silver Star for gallantry, but nothing could alleviate the guilt he carried after that fateful day. He may have saved Nick in Iraq, but when Levi returns home and spirals out of control, it is Nick's turn to play the savior, urging Levi to write. Levi begins to type as a way of bidding farewell, but what remains when he is finished is not a suicide note. It's a love song, a novel in which the beginning is the story's end, the story's end is the real beginning of Levi's life, and the future is as mutable as words on a page.

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Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A Hard and Heavy Thing, Tyrus Books/F+W (January 2016). He was born in Canada and grew up in Wisconsin. After 9/11, he visited the Armed Forces recruiter. He then spent 12 years as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan, once to Iraq as an EOD team member and the remaining three tours as an EOD team leader. While enlisted, he earned a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He is now working, studying, and living in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. His words have been seen in Pennsylvania English; Blue Moon Literary & Art Review; Chad Harbach's MFA v. NYC; and War, Literature and the Arts.

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"Finally! A war novel that's less interested in bullets and bombs than it is the complicated inner lives of soldiers. In his brilliantly-observed and exquisitely-paced debut novel, Matthew Hefti has relegated the Iraq War to the background scenery, allowing us to concentrate on the actors standing in front of it. Hefti...makes us feel everything...In the new parade of fiction coming out of our 21st-century wars, Matthew Hefti's A Hard and Heavy Thing leads from the front." --David Abrams, author of Fobbit

"A timeless American story from the heartland about two best friends desperately trying to do right when everything in the war is wrong. Hefti's writing is literary but grounded, and it rings with an honesty that is earnest and smart and sad. This novel is so true to itself it hurts." --Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk

"A Hard and Heavy Thing is terrific. It is intellectually engaging in a way that almost no other war story can claim, save perhaps Phil Klay's Redeployment. The tension builds, and as the story goes on, the story-beneath-the-story asserts itself--not unlike with David Foster Wallace's footnotes--in longer and more muscular asides." --Adrian Bonenberger, author of Afghan Post  and contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Publisher's Weekly. 

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