The yellow birds

Kevin Powers

An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a poet and veteran of the Iraqi war.

In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21 year old Private Bartle and 18 year old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger.

Bound together since basic training the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible actions.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, the yellow birds is a ground breaking novel about the costs of war.

Author Kevin Powers served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar. This debut novel was long listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller in its first week of publication.

Soft cover, 240 pages.

The yellow birds