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David Abrams

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David Abrams is the author of the novels Brave Deeds (Grove/Atlantic, 2017) and Fobbit (Grove/Atlantic, 2012). Fobbit was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, an Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Montana Honor Book, and a finalist for the L.A. Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Abrams' short stories have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, Narrative, Salamander, Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, The North Dakota Review and many other publications. He retired from active-duty after serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, a career which took him to Alaska, Texas, Georgia, the Pentagon, and Iraq. His blog, The Quivering Pen, can be found at: http://www.dav ...more

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David Abrams I am currently working on another novel set in Iraq. It's a little more serious in nature than the satirical "Fobbit," but addresses many of the same …moreI am currently working on another novel set in Iraq. It's a little more serious in nature than the satirical "Fobbit," but addresses many of the same themes: war, authority, and identity. The plot in a nutshell: Six soldiers make their way on foot across Baghdad on an odyssey to attend the memorial service for their platoon sergeant, recently killed in an IED attack.

UPDATE: After writing this answer all those years ago, I realized I didn't come back with the followup: The aforementioned novel set in Iraq was published in August 2017 as BRAVE DEEDS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...(less)
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Sunday Sentence: Ferdinand, the Man with the Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun


Simply put, the best sentence(s) I’ve read this past week, presented out of context and without commentary.


Children are the bonny little blossoms in the moldering garden of life.

Ferdinand, the Man with the Kind Heart by Irmgard Keun
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“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
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“Life for him was a constant balancing act between disrespect and career preservation.”
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“These were the idiots shat out by West Point, turds in starched uniforms and glistening high-and-tight haircuts, shiny-foreheaded future corporate executives who used words like envisionment instead of vision.”
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“It was Miss Murdstone who was arrived, and a gloomy-looking lady she was; dark, like her brother, whom she greatly resembled in face and voice; and with very heavy eyebrows, nearly meeting over her large nose, as if, being disabled by the wrongs of her sex from wearing whiskers, she had carried them to that account. She brought with her two uncompromising hard black boxes, with her initials on the lids in hard brass nails. When she paid the coachman she took her money out of a hard steel purse, and she kept the purse in a very jail of a bag which hung upon her arm by a heavy chain, and shut up like a bite. I had never, at that time, seen such a metallic lady altogether as Miss Murdstone was.”
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