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"I'm not sure what happened to Joey Hirsch to make his writing so bizarre, but I suspect the US Government had something to do with it. Regardless, it's to the reader's benefit: his new book Veterans Affairs is as funny as it is strange: it's like G.I Joe meets Casper the Friendly Ghost, only if Casper was no longer so friendly, due to war-related PTSD." - Fiona Helmsley, author of My Body would be the kindest of Strangers


"In prose carved with a knife, Hirsch has written the novel all of us fear: the truth of war, whether it's pretty or not, whether we like it or not. In Veteran's Affairs, faced with ghosts and his own inadequacy in the face of the horrors of war, Joey Sullivan must struggle through the traumas of others before he can face his own. We owe it to ourselves to read his story."
-Rusty Barnes, author of Reckoning 


If you can imagine George Saunders reinvisioning Going after Cacciato after repeatedly watching Jacob's Ladder, then you have some idea of the phantasmagoric ride you're in for while reading Veterans' Affairs. You'd need to have Tim O'Brien ghosting around still, and maybe you'd want to build a catbird seat for Kurt Vonnegut and Kenzaburo Oe as well. Only then can Tom Robbins show up to dose everyone. Now you're ready. From its Voltairean narrator, Joseph Sullivan, to its realistically drawn (and wounded and querulous and sympathetic) hospitalized veterans, Thigpen and Jones, Joseph Hirsch's novel embraces the obscene facts of the human body, both at love and at war, let loose through the horrors of life--and the afterlife. Among the many emotionally demanding, prize-winning novels and story collections now emerging from our recent wars, Veterans' Affairs will occupy a singular, necessary place.
-John Joseph Ryan, author of A Bullet Apiece


"A captivating and poignant story of an anguished soldier and the gossamer thread that anchors human sanity." L.E. Fraser, Author of Skully, Perdition Games.

"Veterans' Affairs creates an authentic-feeling struggle of a damaged veteran trying to come back to life, and then takes that familiar type of story into a wondrously uncanny new dimension. It solidly grounds the reader, but also thrusts them into the unknown. Gratifying to read even when unpleasant, it gets a grip and hangs on ruthlessly.'"
 
-    David S. Atkinson, author of Not Quite so StoriesThe Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, and Bones Buried in the Dirt
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and poignant story of an anguished soldier
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