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War Stories: Short Fiction

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"[A] promising short fiction debut." — The Washingtonian

"There’s a clarity and honesty here and in many of the other pieces in War Stories which will no doubt appeal to fans of American minimalism." — Philadelphia Review of Books

We all carry our own battle scars. This is the premise of "War Stories," a rich collection of short fiction that draws upon both the literal and f
Paperback, Second Edition, 112 pages
Published October 2012 by Two Harbors Press

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Kevin Kitter
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have received a free copy of this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.
Never judge a book by it's cover, nor its title. You see the words "War Stories" and you think of strong, noble men with a chest full of medals, glory, honor, patriotism and so on. This book peels back those nice, safe images to reveal the nightmare underneath. Not just for those who were in battle, but those left behind to pick up the pieces. Surprisingly deep, this book is also about hope and redemption.
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Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

Corey Stoll’s portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris as a boorish dolt might not be too far off base if Hemingway’s letters are any indication. In a late night bistro, Stoll’s Hemingway mopes over a glass of cassis and tells Owen Wilson’s Gil Pender his thoughts on writing and manhood.

“Yes. It was a good book, because it was an honest book. That’s what war does to men. And there’s nothing fine and noble about dying in the mud, unl
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
`We carry our own battle scars'

Wars are assaults on countries that threaten the survival of the invading forces' country. Wars are memories of hostile encounters recorded in history books or in the brain damaged minds of soldiers who have returned from battle. Wars are the daily encounters with imbalanced forces of negativity that befuddle normal living. Wars are those rages that rise up out of situations perceived to destroy self or others connected to self. Wars divide. Wars ache. Wars destroy
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I'm not normally a fan of short stories (these stories are very short at less than 10 pages a pop) because it's hard to get emotionally invested in the characters. There also always seems to be a lesson involved at the end of short stories and I'm not normally big on that sort of thing (there aren't lessons at the end of these short stories, thankfully). Given that I typically like to stay away from short stories, I have to
Ruth Hill
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
When I began this book, I honestly figured it would be a pretty easy read--after all, it is a book of short stories. And, yes, you can sit down and read it in a very short period of time. But what you may not be prepared for is the raw stories that all surround the Vietnam War era. I think this is a time that still haunts us. I know that there has been some healing that has occurred from that time period, but I know that those who served our country in Vietnam saw horrors that we still probably ...more
Tia Bach
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first line of the back cover description says it all: we all carry our own battle scars. If the eyes are windows to the soul, then pain is the window to the heart as so expertly described by Elisabeth Doyle in this series of emotionally intense stories about suffering, loss, fear, and need.

When a character crys out, "How can God love me?", your heart aches for his wounds and pain only to be torn apart again as another character mentions, "I'm not the same." Amazing how so few words can conv
Sandi Widner
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars for "WAR STORIES" by Elisabeth Doyle

Set against the backdrop of recent wars, War Stories' compelling nine narratives tell of a wounded veteran who seeks renewal through an imagined relationship with a neighborhood girl, a grieving father who finds peace and reconciliation at the site of a disastrous bus crash, and a young woman who searches for identity and meaning in the wake of her husband's injury. Interspersed with these tales are powerful, non-traditional ''war stories'' -
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I had a hard time after finishing this book collecting my thoughts. I finished this book in a few hours...although the stories are short, they make you think. This collection of short stories is very emotional. The stories were sad but, as the book synopsis says, they leave you wanting more.

Each of the nine stories are about 10 pages long - give or take some. They all were tragic yet some you could find a positive outcome. My favorite story that you could imagine and see
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I am usually not a fan of short stories, but I couldn't put this little book down. In each of these stories, there is something so real about the characters that you can't help but connect with them. The initial impression, and as the title implies, is that these are going to be tragic stories, and yet in each of them, there is a glimmer that there is something more - something not yet seen just waiting to happen. The stories leave you with that impression, so while being tragic, they are also h ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
War Stories is a thoughtful emotional book, a series of short fiction stories that is wonderfully written and very compelling to read. The book is short but packs a powerful punch. I feel that these stories are character driven in that we get to "feel" what these people are going through. I generally do not read short stories, I like to get immersed in a novel and sometimes feel that a short story does not give enough. I did not feel that way with this one though and I do look forward to reading ...more
Destiny Rodriguez
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book carried short fiction stories of different situations and tragic consequences thought out life. From the first stories of teenagers enjoying them selves at a party ,a homeless girl rapped into shelter. Sad tragic stories of every day struggling people. I enjoyed the short stories. I was sadden by most. But in reality it's real life.
Ashley Olson
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book resonates. It delves into war in all its permutations, from soldiers who have fought, to those targeted for recruitment, to people who face mental, physical, or emotional battles in other ways besides behind the lines. The characters are just ordinary people, but their thoughts are so relatable. It's timeless.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A well-written, well-received collection of mercifully brief stories, all coping with loss, past or imminent. Don't mistake me, they're really good, but in a terse and oppressive kind of way – fair warning for good literature, I guess.
David Grossman
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very moving series of stories. Wide variety of characters, who have been affected by wars of various kinds. Some of the characters you'll really feel for, and the longing/suffering they've gone through. A collection I could describe as modern American gothic. Hard to put down.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Personal accounts of war are always important and should be remembered by all. This is a great read for just about anyone.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
TWO STARS SEEMS SO LOW FOR "IT WAS OK!" But that's exactly how I felt abt this collection, yes. It was ok.
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I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was very interesting, and a pleasant read.
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Elisabeth Doyle is an attorney in Washington, D.C. and a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. As a Deputy Attorney General, she represented the New Jersey Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services and volunteered in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, assisting families of the victims. She later accepted a position with a Washing ...more