As part of our Best Books of 2013 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.


Within these brilliant, often bizarre short stories, 20-something blue-collar boys seek escape from their stagnant lives by turning to an unnamed foreign war. Never political but rather introspective and familiar, Sayrafiezadeh’s fiction debut is truly a collection, as these eight stories capture the voice of a generation of young men and build a portrait of a nation where war colors every thought and action.

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