Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
Paco Sullivan arrives in town penniless and job-hunting, the rain evaporating off the street forming "pungent steam so thick you would think his legs were cut off at the knees." In truth, the enigmatic Paco is indeed crippled. He is the sole survivor of an infantry company "pulverized to ash" in the Vietnam War. The methodical monotony of a dishwashing job in a diner offers some salve, though everyday things bring back savage memories. Heinemann's second novel--the first, Close Quarters, was based on his combat experience in Vietnam--is narrated through the collective voices of Paco's dead colleagues and offers a war veteran's envious and despairing view of the regular world. Paco's Story won the 1987 National Book Award.Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Vietcong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. When a medic finally rescues him almost two days later, Paco is waiting to die, flies and maggots covering his burnt, shattered body. He winds up back in the U.S. with his legs full of pins, daily rations of Librium and Valium, and no sense of what to do next. One evening, on the tail of a rainstorm, he limps off a bus and into the small town of Boone, determined to find a real job and a real bed--but no matter how hard he works, nothing muffles the anguish in his mind and body. Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco's Story--winner of a National Book Award--plunges the reader into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War, and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows.


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October 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-571-14923-5 / 978-0-571-14923-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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November 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-374-22847-7 / 978-0-374-22847-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Paperback Editions

April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paco's Story: A Novel
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 1-4000-7683-8 / 978-1-4000-7683-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paco's Story (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-14-012761-5 / 978-0-14-012761-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-571-14959-6 / 978-0-571-14959-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber Inc
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November 1987 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Heinemann Larry
ISBN: 0-14-010085-7 / 978-0-14-010085-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 1-72131-441-5 / 978-1-72131-441-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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August 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7861-4705-9 / 978-0-7861-4705-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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August 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Paco's Story [UNABRIDGED]
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7861-4476-9 / 978-0-7861-4476-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7861-6588-X / 978-0-7861-6588-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Paco's Story [UNABRIDGED]
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7861-7278-9 / 978-0-7861-7278-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2006 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7861-7705-5 / 978-0-7861-7705-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 1988 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7366-1403-6 / 978-0-7366-1403-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
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September 1988 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Paco's Story
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
ISBN: 1-55644-298-X / 978-1-55644-298-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amer Audio Prose Library Inc
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Paco's Story: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Larry Heinemann
Publisher: Vintage
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