The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers

In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for thecity.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 226 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.74 out of 5
  • Published September 6th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company
  • Original Title: The Yellow Birds
  • ISBN: 0316219363 (ISBN13: 9780316219365)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award Nominee (2013)
  • Guardian First Book Award (2012)
  • PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award (2013)
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction (2013)
  • Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (2013) ...more Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction (2013)
  • The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Nominee (2012)
  • Prix littéraire étranger Le Monde (2013)
  • National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (2012)...less

In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-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 when their tough-as-nails Sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, 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.