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Just as The Things They Carried and Catch-22 spoke to their generations with truth and dark humor, this brilliant first novel defines the experience of war for its era.

Benjamin Jones, twenty-three, discharged after an army tour in Somalia, heads cross-country on a Greyhound, seeking refuge on the West Coast. He has left behind his best friend, Trevor, and Liz Ross, a female soldier with whom Jones has fallen in love. But Jones has also left behind a tragedy — a horrible, split-second action made in Somalia — that Trevor, Jones, and the army have implicitly agreed to forget.

Alone on the streets of San Francisco, and then north on the Washington coast, Jones finds that an uneducated ex-soldier is qualified only as a peep show fantasy object or as a hired hand to a bottom-feeding smuggler and pornographer. Recurring visions of his life as a soldier gradually reveal the full truth — and agony — of his experience, and a reunion with Liz and a violent confrontation with Trevor bring the young soldier's journey to a wrenching conclusion — but one not without hope.

At equal turns tense, brutal, and poetic, The Ice Beneath You is a soldier's story for a time when there weren't supposed to be any more soldiers' stories.

Synopsis:

Bauman's charged, muscular prose; his solid and piercing treatment of his characters; his careful and nuanced exploration of war, peace, honor, and purpose; and his jarring and utterly contemporary sense of dislocation mark "The Ice Beneath You" as a major addition to the literature of war.

Synopsis:

Just as The Things They Carried and Catch-22 spoke to their generations with truth and dark humor, this brilliant first novel defines the experience of war for its era.

Benjamin Jones, twenty-three, discharged after an army tour in Somalia, heads cross-country on a Greyhound, seeking refuge on the West Coast. He has left behind his best friend, Trevor, and Liz Ross, a female soldier with whom Jones has fallen in love. But Jones has also left behind a tragedy — a horrible, split-second action made in Somalia — that Trevor, Jones, and the army have implicitly agreed to forget.

Alone on the streets of San Francisco, and then north on the Washington coast, Jones finds that an uneducated ex-soldier is qualified only as a peep show fantasy object or as a hired hand to a bottom-feeding smuggler and pornographer. Recurring visions of his life as a soldier gradually reveal the full truth — and agony — of his experience, and a reunion with Liz and a violent confrontation with Trevor bring the young soldier's journey to a wrenching conclusion — but one not without hope.

At equal turns tense, brutal, and poetic, The Ice Beneath You is a soldier's story for a time when there weren't supposed to be any more soldiers' stories.

About the Author

Christian Bauman has worked as a touring musician, cook, painter, clerk, laborer, and editor. He served four years as a soldier in the U.S. Army Waterborne, including tours of duty in Somalia and Haiti. He lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Part One

The Ride West, Part One

JONES: One Sergeant

The Ride West, Part Two

Africa

JONES: Thirty Days in San Francisco, Part One

Kismaayo, Part One

JONES: Thirty Days in San Francisco, Part Two

Kismaayo, Part Two

JONES: Thirty Days in San Francisco, Part Three

On the Mike Nine-Three

JONES: Two Privates

Part Two

Shadowtime

The Art of Dishwashing, Part One

Endgame

The Art of Dishwashing, Part Two

Mogadishu

Part Three

Two Soldiers

After

JONES: One Soldier

Author's Note

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743227841
Author:
Bauman, Christian
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
War
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Somalia
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Bildunsromans
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
TR-02-1
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 9.45 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Bauman's charged, muscular prose; his solid and piercing treatment of his characters; his careful and nuanced exploration of war, peace, honor, and purpose; and his jarring and utterly contemporary sense of dislocation mark "The Ice Beneath You" as a major addition to the literature of war.
"Synopsis" by , Just as The Things They Carried and Catch-22 spoke to their generations with truth and dark humor, this brilliant first novel defines the experience of war for its era.

Benjamin Jones, twenty-three, discharged after an army tour in Somalia, heads cross-country on a Greyhound, seeking refuge on the West Coast. He has left behind his best friend, Trevor, and Liz Ross, a female soldier with whom Jones has fallen in love. But Jones has also left behind a tragedy — a horrible, split-second action made in Somalia — that Trevor, Jones, and the army have implicitly agreed to forget.

Alone on the streets of San Francisco, and then north on the Washington coast, Jones finds that an uneducated ex-soldier is qualified only as a peep show fantasy object or as a hired hand to a bottom-feeding smuggler and pornographer. Recurring visions of his life as a soldier gradually reveal the full truth — and agony — of his experience, and a reunion with Liz and a violent confrontation with Trevor bring the young soldier's journey to a wrenching conclusion — but one not without hope.

At equal turns tense, brutal, and poetic, The Ice Beneath You is a soldier's story for a time when there weren't supposed to be any more soldiers' stories.

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