Paco's Story

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Penguin Books, 1989 - Fiction - 209 pages
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In a new edition of the National Book Award-winning story of a Vietnam veteran haunted by the ghost of war, Heinemann tells of Paco, the lone survivor of a brutal attack on his company. His story puts forth endless ironies that capture the ordinary and unthinkable horrors of a GI's life.

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

I read this because it won the 1987 National Book Award fiction prize. It is the 57th such winner I have read. It is a brutal every obscenity undeleted account of a guy who is horribly wounded in ... Read full review

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In Larry Heineman's Paco's Story, Paco was the only surviving soldier after a raid that decimated his unit. With both physical and mental scars, Paco re-enters society, going through the motions of ... Read full review

Contents

Gods Marvelous Plan
18
The Thanks of a Grateful Nation
34
Paco Coming into Town
60
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Born and raised in Chicago, Larry Heinemann is the author of three novels and numerous short stories and essays. In his novels Close Quarters and Paco's Story, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 1986, Heinemann used his experience as an infantryman with the 25th Division of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War to relate the horrors of war. The novel Cooler by the Lake, written in 1992, was Heinemann's first attempt at writing a book with a theme other than war. Heinemann's short stories and essays have appeared in a multitude of journals and magazines, among them Harper's, Playboy, Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, Tri-Quarterly, and the Vietnam Writers Association Journal of Arts and Letters. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Lecturing and teaching at universities, writer's workshops, and veteran's groups in the United States, Vietnam, England, China, and the Soviet Union have kept Heinemann quite busy, although he still considers himself a "househusband.

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