Synopses & Reviews
This poignant collection, compiled from Kingston's healing workshops, contains the distilled wisdom of survivors of five wars, including combatants, war widows, spouses, children, conscientious objectors, and veterans of domestic abuse. "Vetrans of War, Vetrans of Peace" includes accounts from people that grew up in military families, served as medics in the thick of war, or came home to homelessness. All struggle with trauma -- post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other consequences of war and violence. Through their extraordinary writings, readers witness worlds coming apart and being put back together again through liberating insight, community, and the deep transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past.
"An amazing testament to the existence of peace, even in the midst of war. This book is a communal effort, beautifully orchestrated by Hong Kingston and pieced together with open eyes." Rocky Mountain News
"She has gathered a community of the lost, the disempowered, the people who never get to write alternative histories, and gifted them the fierce power of her voice." San Diego Union-Tribune
"These hard stories of war pose the questions: What pain will our soldiers in Iraq bring home? And how will we heal them?" Chicago Sun-Times
"The world and not just the world of literature owes Maxine Hong Kingston a huge debt of gratitude." Washington Post Book World
For more than twelve years, National Book Award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston has led writing-and-meditation workshops for veterans and their families. The contributors to this volume combat veterans, medics, and others who served in war; gang members, drug users, and victims of domestic violence; draft resisters, deserters, and peace activists are part of this community of writers working together to heal the trauma of war through art.
Reading their words, we witness worlds torn apart then rebuilt. This epic and timely work is the distilled wisdom of warriors and their loved ones, expressing themselves with breathtaking artistry and truth.
About the Author
Maxine Hong Kingston's books The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, The Fifth Book of Peace, and others have won critical praise and national awards. President Bill Clinton presented her with a National Humanities Medal in 1997.