Dear Mr. President

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Everybody’s Gulf War Syndrome is a little bit different. Or so believes Larry, who returns home from Desert Storm to find his hair gone and his bones rapidly disintegrating. Then there’s Lance Corporal James Laverne of the US Marines, who grows a third ear in Kuwait. And in the audaciously comic novella “Notes from a Bunker Along Highway 8,” a Green Beret deserts his team after seeing a vision of George Washington, only to find a new calling—administering aid to wounded Iraqi civilians; he’s hindered only by the furtive nature of his mission and an unruly band of chimpanzees. Together these narratives form a bracing amalgamation of devastating humor and brilliant cultural observation, in which Gabe Hudson fearlessly explores the darker implications of American military power.

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DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: Stories and a Novella

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Eight debut stories and a novella about America's relationship with conflict and violence in the context of the Gulf War.If combat is changing, then so must war stories. The novella here, "Notes From ... Read full review

Dear Mr. President

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Hudson was featured in a recent issue of The New Yorker devoted to promising young fiction writers, and this honor is richly deserved; his harrowing, courageous, darkly humorous collection of stories ... Read full review


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Dear Mr President
General Schwarzkopf Looks Back at His Humble Beginning
Notes from a Bunker Along Highway 8

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Gabe Hudson received his MFA from Brown University, where he was awarded the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s. He has received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a PEN/Hemingway Finalist. He lives in New York City.

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