An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph, he flinches when cars drive past, his fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months, wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air, sunlight falling through branches, bullets kicking up dust, ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely. With this book, poet and veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss, vividly capturing the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. It is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival. Includes Reading group guide and conversation with Damian Barr.