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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
   Northern Lights (1975)
   Going After Cacciato (1978)
   The Nuclear Age (1985)
   In the Lake of the Woods (1994)
   Tomcat in Love (1998)
   July, July (2002)
   America Fantastica (2023)
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Tim O'Brien recommends
Absolution (2023)
Alice McDermott
"With Absolution, Alice McDermott delivers another elegantly written, immaculately conceived novel that immerses the reader in the contradictions and moral ambiguities of the human heart. McDermott is a storyteller who aims for the stars. Absolution takes us there, by way of wartime Saigon, and with a powerful reminder that good intentions can have consequences that jerk us awake over a lifetime. What a splendid, compelling book this is."
Make Them Cry (2020)
Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith
"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."
True Story (2020)
Kate Reed Petty
"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."

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Anthologies containing stories by Tim O'Brien
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction (1999)
edited by
Michael Martone and Lex Williford

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