Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

TIM O'BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the acclaimed novels The Things They Carried and July, July. In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. O'Brien lives in Austin, Texas.
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Tim O’Brien has been heralded as one of the best American writers of his generation for his candid reflections on the Vietnam War. Known for blending magical realism and verisimilitude into gripping stories inspired from his own experiences as an infantryman in the jungles of My Lai, O’Brien is masterful at conjuring up the broad range of emotions that soldiers felt while trekking through hostile territory, and the haunting memories that veterans brought home with them.

While the topic of Vietnam is central in all of his major works, it’s always presented from an honest and unvarnished perspective, demonstrating the ugliness of war and why it should never be taken lightly.

Historical Fiction | Short Stories

Genre Fiction | Mystery

Nonfiction | Memoir

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