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Tim O'Brien

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Tim O'Brien is an American novelist well known for writing about the Vietnam War and the impact it had on the American soldiers who fought there. He won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1979 for the Vietnam novel Going After Cacciato.O'Brien has held the endowed chair at the MFA program of Texas State University-San Marcos several times, from 2003 to 2004, then from 2005 to 2006, and a third time from 2008 to 2009.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Tim O'Brien
Short stories
The Ghost Soldiers (1981)

National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1979) : Going After Cacciato
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1991) : The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien recommends
Back in the World (1985)
Tobias Wolff
"Terrific...The magic of his fiction cannot be explained. It is the ancient art of the master storyteller."
Third And Indiana (1994)
Steve Lopez
"Lopez writes from the heart and the gut... A gripping and moving story."
The Obituary Writer (2000)
Porter Shreve
"Taut, compelling, and moving... beautifully written, engrossing from start to finish."
Gorgeous Lies (2002)
Martha McPhee
"A genuine work of art. Martha McPhee plainly ranks as one of our country's best young writers."
Don't I Know You? (2006)
Karen Shepard
"Among the most suspenseful and moving novels I've read in many years."
The Wake of Forgiveness (2010)
Bruce Machart
"A gripping American drama."

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