Douglas Unger's fiction is sharp-edged and compelling, whether he's exploring his own boyhood on the street ("Autobiography") or the life of a student lab assistant who bonds with a burnt-out rhesus monkey ("Leslie and Sam") or the strange fate of a young woman who returns from a second honeymoon on a paradisiacal Brazilian island to succumb to a mysterious disease ("Tide Pool"). The collection is capped by the powerful novella "Looking for War," where a would-be war correspondent, whose older brother is a shell-shocked Vietnam vet, stumbles upon his own war in a grisly five-minute action in the jungles of Paraguay.
Douglas Unger is as sensitive and knowledgeable about matters of the heart as he is about war.
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In "Looking for War," an innocent question at a dinner party prompts the narrator to retreat into memories of war in Vietnam and Paraguay ("The smell of blood was everywhere, heavy, iron-filled, vaguely fishy, unmistakably human"), and bitterly judge the callous American insularity of his fellow ...| Read Full Review of Looking for War: Stories