Dear Mr. President by Gabe Hudson

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Everybody’s Gulf War Syndrome is a little bit different. Or so believes Larry, who returns home from Desert Storm to find his hair gone and his bones rapidly disintegrating. Then there’s Lance Corporal James Laverne of the US Marines, who grows a third ear in Kuwait. And in the audaciously comic novella “Notes from a Bunker Along Highway 8,” a Green Beret deserts his team after seeing a vision of George Washington, only to find a new calling—administering aid to wounded Iraqi civilians; he’s hindered only by the furtive nature of his mission and an unruly band of chimpanzees. Together these narratives form a bracing amalgamation of devastating humor and brilliant cultural observation, in which Gabe Hudson fearlessly explores the darker implications of American military power.

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About Gabe Hudson

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Gabe Hudson was a rifleman in the Marine reserves. He received his MFA from Brown University, where he won the 1999 John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. His stories have been published in The New Yorker, Black Book, McSweeney's, and several other publications. He lives in New York City and is at work on a novel.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 176 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Gulf War may not be the sort of glamorous conflict that lends itself to shoot-'em-up war fiction, but the Middle East face-off does seem ideal fodder for the eight darkly comic, military gothic short stories in Hudson's first collection.

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Gabe Hudson's web site,, is sheer lunacy. Ostensibly an information page for the "School Of Obligatory Survival," it...

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Hudson, a former Marine whose stories have appeared in McSweeney's and The New Yorker, writes like a grounded, focused combination of Chuck Palahniuk and Kurt Vonnegut.

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