Synopses & Reviews
Following the wonderful success of "American by Blood--which was optioned for film by Universal Pictures--Andrew Huebner returns with a stunning, semi-autobiographical story centered around the first Gulf War. Examining both the author's experiences in the early 1990s as well as those of his brother, "We Pierce is a beautifully written examination of fighting for what you believe--at any cost. In "We Pierce readers are introduced to a celebrated tank commander in the GuIfWar, who spends his days struggling through the heat and strife of the Iraqi desert. Meanwhile his brother, an aspiring writer, is busy protesting the Gulf War in Times Square and Washington, D.C., while losing his own battle with alcohol and narcotics. The two brothers must face many clashes and conflicts independently; but they must also, eventually, face each other. What emerges, in a compassionate and beautifully crafted retelling, is "a well-written, surprisingly straightforward account of a not-so-straightforward war" ("Kirkus Reviews). As he did with "American by Blood, in "We Pierce Huebner is able to turn his family's long experience with violence and war into breakthrough literary fiction. With a realistic view on battles both personal and political, Huebner writes with honesty and conviction about fighting for what is right--and, sometimes, forgiving those who have fought against you.
The New York Times Book Review Smart, sharp...We Pierce joins Swofford's Jarhead in attempting to fill a memory hole. It's the story of Smith Huebner who comes from a long line of military men. His great-grandfather fought in the Indian Wars, arriving, as beautifully depicted in Andrew Huebner's first novel American by Blood, a day late for the Battle of Little Big Horn. Read together, his two novels offer a memorable take on the evolution of the American military.
The New York Times A spare, forceful novel....[Huebner] is often capable of a terse, angry eloquence that unifies the book's divergent threads....We Pierce is wise and unabashed.
is the heartbreaking story of two brothers. One brother, Smith, goes to war. The other brother, Sam, stays home and protests against the war. A true believer in his country, Smith leads a tank company into battle in Iraq during the first Gulf War. Sam, an aspiring writer who is as much a rebel as his older brother is a natural leader, is busy demonstrating in Times Square in New York and at the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C. Smith learns about the true nature of patriotism, camaraderie, modern warfare and, perhaps most important, the soldiers' secret that some things learned over there are better not brought back home. Meanwhile, Sam faces his own personal struggles, questioning the strength of his beliefs while losing a battle with alcohol and narcotics. The depth of the sacrifices made at home by their family's commitment to honor and duty to battlefields abroad haunts both of the brothers, despite their disparate experiences.
As he did with his first novel, American by Blood, acclaimed novelist Andrew Huebner draws on his family's long experience with violence and military service and renders a haunting novel of war. From the desert of Iraq to the Lower East Side of New York, We Pierce is about fighting for what you believe in, no matter what the cost to yourself or your brother.
About the Author
Andrew Huebner lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of American by Blood.