This novel carries the concept of a roman a clef almost to the point of autobiography. It relates the story of two brothers: one whose sense of duty propels him into the Gulf War as a tank commander, the other whose equally strong sense of his duty to protest war leads him eventually to New York to ultimately fight a war of his own. The surnames of the fictional brothers? Huebner! Smith Huebner endures bad food, desert sandstorms, and life inside a tank for six months. Meanwhile, his brother, Sam, English teacher and war protester, is losing a war with cocaine dependency. Smith, who one might have thought to be imperturbable in his conscientiousness, is ironically chastened in his sense of duty when he sees his good friend Morrison fall in battle and is quick to return home to the safe shield of his wife, his baby, and his South. While alternating the brothers' stories, the author leads naturally to a denouement during Smith's seven-hour stopover in New York on his way home. Allen WeaklandCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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The New York Times
A spare, forceful novel....[Huebner] is often capable of a terse, angry eloquence that unifies the book's divergent threads....We Pierce
is wise and unabashed.The New York Times Book Review
Smart, sharp...We Pierce
joins Swofford's Jarhead
in attempting to fill a memory hole. It's the story of Smith Huebner who comes from a long line of military men. His great-grandfather fought in the Indian Wars, arriving, as beautifully depicted in Andrew Huebner's first novel American by Blood
, a day late for the Battle of Little Big Horn. Read together, his two novels offer a memorable take on the evolution of the American military.