The Yellow Birds
Little, Brown
Kevin Powers
“Al Rafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq”

“Al Tafar, Nineveh Province, Iraq” is an excerpt from Kevin Power’s highly praised war novel, The Yellow Birds (Little. Brown and Company,).


Kevin Powers joined the army at the age of 17, later serving a year as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq in 2004 and 2005. After his honorable discharge, he muddled through a series of jobs, but eventually quit the last of them and enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He is currently a Michener Fellow in Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin, where he will receive his M.F.A. in 2012.


In her New York Times review, Michiko Kakutani said Powers “has written a remarkable first novel, one that stands with Tim O’Brien’s enduring Vietnam book, The Things They Carried, as a classic of contemporary war fiction.  The Yellow Birds is brilliantly observed and deeply affecting.”


The Daily Beast wrote:  ‘The Yellow Birds is the novel about the Iraq War that we have been waiting for – and needed – because it finally brings the experience of combat to us as visceral art, not just information.  It is elegiac, measured – captivating.”

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