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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

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Third And Indiana (1994)
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The Obituary Writer (2000)
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Gorgeous Lies (2002)
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The Wake of Forgiveness (2010)
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"A gripping American drama."
Empire City (2020)
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True Story (2020)
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"True Story is a spectacular first novel—innovative, convincing, daring, suspenseful, heart-wrenching, and altogether astonishing. Kate Reed Petty is a force. What a beautifully unified, richly imagined, and skillfully composed work of literary art. I hope it wins the prizes Petty deserves."
Make Them Cry (2020)
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"Make Them Cry is one of those rare novels that is both artistically principled and marvelously fun to read, a combination of elegant, painstaking craftsmanship and suspenseful entertainment. If that were not enough, it is also a book that reaches into the reader's heart. It is not often that I can say, as I do now: I loved this novel."

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