A hard and heavy thing

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a hard and heavy thing

A Hard And Heavy Thing by Matthew J. Hefti

Top 10 First Novels of 2016--Booklist

2016 Great Group Reads Selection

Contemplating suicide after nearly a decade at war, Levi sits down to write a note to his best friend Nick, explaining why things have to come to this inevitable end. Years earlier, Levi--a sergeant in the army--made a tragic choice that led his team into ambush, leaving three soldiers dead and two badly injured. During the attack, Levi risked death to save a badly burned and disfigured Nick. His actions won him the Silver Star for gallantry, but nothing could alleviate the guilt he carried after that fateful day. He may have saved Nick in Iraq, but when Levi returns home and spirals out of control, it is Nicks turn to play the savior, urging Levi to write. Levi begins to type as a way of bidding farewell, but what remains when he is finished is not a suicide note. Its a love song, a novel in which the beginning is the storys end, the storys end is the real beginning of Levis life, and the future is as mutable as words on a page.
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Many early titles, by necessity — the consumer need and desire to hear something in-depth and unique about the wars which were often distilled into nothing more than cable news sound bites or headlines — lacked much reflection. Distance and time are necessary for those kind of reflective narratives, whether fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. This is the greatest part about Matthew J. One: Life as a civilian and deciding to join. It is a story of love and friendship and coming-of-age, one that encompasses the entire war experience from to combat to back home.

In this case, that man is not a pastor in his seventies but a twenty-something war veteran named Levi Hartwig, home after a tour to Iraq that had tragic consequences for both himself and the intended recipient of his novel, his childhood-best-friend-turned-battle-buddy Nick. Levi and Nick are opposites of a sort, but they go way back, and to these small-town Wisconsin boys that means everything. Levi joined the service in part because he could not imagine life without Nick in it. Their last deployment to Iraq was disastrous. A flippant prank by Levi may have set into motion a string of events that ends with Nick badly burned and maimed in an IED blast.

Top 10 First Novels of Booklist Great Group Reads Selection Contemplating suicide after nearly a decade at war, Levi sits down to write a note to his best friend Nick, explaining why things have to come to this inevitable end. Years earlier, Levi--a sergeant in the army--made a tragic choice that led his team into ambush, leaving three soldiers dead and two badly injured. During the attack, Levi risked death to save a badly burned and disfigured Nick. His actions won him the Silver Star for gallantry, but nothing could alleviate the guilt he carried after that fateful day. He may have saved Nick in Iraq, but when Levi returns home and spirals out of control, it is Nick's turn to play the savior, urging Levi to write. Levi begins to type as a way of bidding farewell, but what remains when he is finished is not a suicide note. It's a love song, a novel in which the beginning is the story's end, the story's end is the real beginning of Levi's life, and the future is as mutable as words on a page.

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Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement list. Contemplating suicide after nearly a decade at war, Levi sits down to write a note to his best friend Nick, explaining why things have to come to this inevitable end. Years earlier, Levi — a sergeant in the army — made a tragic choice that led his team into ambush, leaving three soldiers dead and two badly injured. During the attack, Levi risked death to save a badly burned and disfigured Nick. His actions won him the Silver Star for gallantry, but nothing could alleviate the guilt he carried after that fateful day. Levi begins to type as a way of bidding farewell, but what remains when he is finished is not a suicide note. Hefti has given combatants an authentic and heartbreaking voice that manages to tell a war story of intimate and human proportions.

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