Dear Mr. President

Hudson, Gabe

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Synopsis: In the classic American tradition of subversive war narratives such as Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five, a powerful new voice captures our attention with seven stories and a novella that take on the Gulf War with audacity, narrative brilliance, savage humor, and startling emotional resonance.

Dear Mr. President introduces a cast of conflicted characters whose efforts to cope with their experiences at war are both funny and tragic. In "The Cure as I Found It," an army infantryman who fought along the Highway of Death returns home with a form of Gulf War Syndrome and a great deal of guilt. He practices getting into Heaven through visualization. In the title story, "Dear Mr. President"-which was featured in The New Yorker's Debut Fiction issue of 2001-a Gulf War vet appeals to the first President Bush for help after his wife decides she has had enough. In "Cross-Dresser," a stealth fighter pilot in the neuropsych ward of a VA hospital begs to be re-
admitted to active duty, after justifying, with impeccable logic, his recent behavior. In "Notes from a Bunker Along Highway 8," a Green Beret assigned to the task of hunting SCUDs around Baghdad deserts his team after seeing a strange vision. He takes up residence with a fellow soldier in a deserted Iraqi bunker, where he proceeds to give medical aid to refugees, only to discover that being helpful is more complicated than he may have anticipated.

These electrifying stories illuminate in wholly unexpected ways the intimate experience of the Gulf War, a hallucinatory blink in the American consciousness. Dear Mr. President marks the debut of a sensational comic writer of fierce courage and originality.

From the Back Cover: "Mr. Hudson's style goes from zero to one hundred MPH in the first sentence. Faster than a Road Runner cartoon, he reminds us war can be funny as hell." --Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke

"Beyond their great narrative propulsion and their astonishing but always balanced surreality and humor, Gabe Hudson's stories have a crucial and rare thing: soul. He's an important writer." –Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

"A major literary feat. Hudson...is more Kafka than Tolstoy. Like the war at its center, Dear Mr. President is hallucinatory, fast, and wantonly disturbing, but also a victory." --Men's Journal

"Gabe Hudson writes crazed, energetic stories full of mayhem and heart. This collection summons up a funny, troubling image of America the Invader, clumsily enforcing its will with a high-tech army of narcissists and neurotics." –George Saunders, author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia

"An important contribution to war literature, and certainly a talent to watch . . . If combat is changing, then so must war stories . . . Hudson's tales deliver their sad humanity in the mode of absurdity, and deep beneath the wordplay and high-jinks are plenty of smart satire and not a few tears." –Kirkus Reviews

"Gabe Hudson's wacky dispatches from a wacky war chronicle–with the knife-edge humor of a fine stand-up comedian–America's twentieth-century decline from World War heroism through hubristic tragedy to black farce." –Robert Coover

"Hudson . . . displays a brilliantly macabre sense of humor, a fine ear for military and bureaucratic clichés and abundant compassion for his quirky, bruised characters." –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Title: Dear Mr. President
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
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