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The twelve stories of Veterans Crisis Hotline offer a meditation on the relationship between war and righteousness and consider the impossible distance between who men are and who they want to be. A veteran working at the hotline listens to the stories men tell when they need someone to hear their voices, when they need to access a language for their pain. Two men search f The twelve stories of Veterans Crisis Hotline offer a meditation on the relationship between war and righteousness and consider the impossible distance between who men are and who they want to be. A veteran working at the hotline listens to the stories men tell when they need someone to hear their voices, when they need to access a language for their pain. Two men search for the head of a decapitated Iraqi civilian so that they might absolve themselves of the atrocities of war, a Marine hunts for the man who raped his girlfriend, and a teenage son replaces his dead father on the battlefield. With a quick wit and offbeat humor, Jon Chopan takes us from the banks of the Euphrates to the bars and VFW halls of the Rust Belt, providing insight into the Iraq War and its enduring impact on those who volunteered to fight in it.


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The twelve stories of Veterans Crisis Hotline offer a meditation on the relationship between war and righteousness and consider the impossible distance between who men are and who they want to be. A veteran working at the hotline listens to the stories men tell when they need someone to hear their voices, when they need to access a language for their pain. Two men search f The twelve stories of Veterans Crisis Hotline offer a meditation on the relationship between war and righteousness and consider the impossible distance between who men are and who they want to be. A veteran working at the hotline listens to the stories men tell when they need someone to hear their voices, when they need to access a language for their pain. Two men search for the head of a decapitated Iraqi civilian so that they might absolve themselves of the atrocities of war, a Marine hunts for the man who raped his girlfriend, and a teenage son replaces his dead father on the battlefield. With a quick wit and offbeat humor, Jon Chopan takes us from the banks of the Euphrates to the bars and VFW halls of the Rust Belt, providing insight into the Iraq War and its enduring impact on those who volunteered to fight in it.

30 review for Veterans Crisis Hotline

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Komatsu

    This book is a lesson in writing outside one’s own experience, which Chopan, as a civilian, has done quite well in treating the veteran experience. There were a couple little details he gets wrong, but they were minor issues of place as opposed to military issues. I applaud his willingness to tackle something that Phil Klay covered in Redeployment, veteran homecoming, and found the book a worthy companion to Klay’s. There are a lot of pitfalls to be wary of when stepping so far afield from one’s This book is a lesson in writing outside one’s own experience, which Chopan, as a civilian, has done quite well in treating the veteran experience. There were a couple little details he gets wrong, but they were minor issues of place as opposed to military issues. I applaud his willingness to tackle something that Phil Klay covered in Redeployment, veteran homecoming, and found the book a worthy companion to Klay’s. There are a lot of pitfalls to be wary of when stepping so far afield from one’s experience, but Chopan does it well in turning out a lovely, haunting collection of short stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Eisler

    An excellent and tightly written collection of stories about contemporary war veterans. Despite the fact that this ground is well-trodden, Chopan manages to find new wrinkles and ways of looking at the toll of contemporary war on those who serve. Standout stories for me were "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" and "The Cumulative Effect." Well worth reading even if you've already read a lot of contemporary war fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nick Gardner

    This book is a perfect blend of intelligence and heart. These stories depict the most depraved acts as well as some of the most heartwarming with characters all suffering the weight of war. The prose is clean, clear imagery, some beautiful phrases sprinkled throughout. I only wish I had more to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katey Schultz

    Jon Chopan has written the book every writer wishes they could have written--stories that are both the fly on the wall, and the beating heart of its characters. The prose moves from raw, unfettered observations, to poetic descriptions that reveal the face behind the mask. Somewhere in the middle, these unforgettable stories take hold, and don't let go.

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