Youngblood: A Novel
book | Fiction | Feb 2016
What he finds is more than he bargained for: a strange tale of reckless love between a fallen American soldier and a local sheikh’s daughter, whose fate, as Jack tries to unravel her story, will become intimately entangled with his own.
Claire Nozieres manages the translation rights for Youngblood: A Novel
Thrilling, tragic, and darkly funny, Matt Gallagher's Youngblood is a brilliant portrait of command in the modern, morally bruising battlefield.
Youngblood is not only a 'war novel,' it is a rich, fully formed, and beautifully executed novel-novel, way beyond the chicken coops of genre.
Matt Gallagher's fierce, brilliant novel should serve as a slap in the face to a culture that's grown all too comfortable with the notion of endless war.
A flat-out great novel about the Iraq war and about much, much more. It's truthful, urgent, grave and darkly funny. Everyone should read it.
Youngblood is a beautiful book. It will break your heart.Lea Carpenter
A complex tale about the Iraq War, intrigue, love, and survival.Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Youngblood is so good I couldn't help but think of old Hemingway's debut. Let this novel serve as your introduction to a bold, brilliant talent.Victor LaValle
Intimate, sublimely corporeal, ribald and grippingClaire Vaye Watkins
Gallagher’s riveting combination of gritty military jargon, sharply drawn characters, and suspenseful story line adds up to one of the best modern war novels since Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam classic, The Things They Carried (1990). Highly recommended.Booklist (starred)
Gallagher writes knowingly about the futility of keeping the peace in Iraq, where it seems almost impossible to identify friend from foe. He imbues the struggle between Porter and Chambers with a moral heft while never reducing these two powerful characters to mere symbols of a military mission gone terribly wrong.Publishers Weekly
Vital, literary and sometimes lyrical [...] in “Youngblood,” Matt Gallagher shows again how war works in the human heart — something we’ll need to know, as long as there is war.Roxana Robinson
The Washington Post Full Review
Showcases the manifold strengths of the author's writing, most prominently a gift for evoking the feel of contemporary soldiering in faraway places ... Evocative and [written with] stirring sympathy for and surprising friendship with local civilians and soldiers.Mark Kamine
The Wall Street Journal Full Review