Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Freebie: I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby

Congratulations to Sabrina Holland, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Ana of California by Andi Teran.

This week's book giveaway is I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby. Not only does Goolsby's debut novel have one of the best titles of the year, it comes loaded with outstanding writing which burrows into the lives of soldiers before, during and after war. It's one of the best novels about the veteran condition in America I've read in years--right up there with Phil Klay's Redeployment.  Here's more about I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them from the publisher:

In this powerful debut novel, three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan search for absolution and human connection in family and civilian life. Wintric Ellis joins the army as soon as he graduates from high school, saying goodbye to his girlfriend, Kristen, and to the backwoods California town whose borders have always been the limits of his horizon. Deployed for two years in Afghanistan in a directionless war, he struggles to find his bearings in a place where allies could at any second turn out to be foes. Two career soldiers, Dax and Torres, take Wintric under their wing. Together, these three men face an impossible choice: risk death or commit a harrowing act of war. The aftershocks echo long after each returns home to a transfigured world, where his own children may fear to touch him and his nightmares still hold sway. Jesse Goolsby casts backward and forward in time to track these unforgettable characters from childhood to parenthood, from redwood forests to open desert roads to the streets of Kabul. Hailed by Robert Olen Butler as a "major literary event," I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them is a work of disarming eloquence and heart-wrenching wisdom, and a debut novel from a writer to watch.

If you’d like a chance at winning I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on July 16, at which time I’ll draw the winning name.  I’ll announce the lucky reader on July 17.  If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email.  Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

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