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Lit Hub article: Bill Glose on Drawing from Real Life
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Publisher's Weekly gives All the Ruined Men a Starred Review
Kirkus gives All the Ruined Men a Starred Review
All the Ruined Men named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2022
The Christian Science Monitor names All the Ruined Men as one of the Ten Best Books of August
Amazon lists All the Ruined Men as one of the "Best books of the month" for August, 2022
Watch the video of The Book Launch at The Muse Writers Center
Watch a Video Interview for the Robert Bausch Fiction Award (Bill appears from 1:40 to 5:00)
Read a Bill Glose essay on the cathartic power of writing about trauma, published in Narrative Magazine
All the Ruined Men named a finalist for the the 2020 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize
About All the Ruined Men
Uniting his own combat experience with those of other veterans, Bill Glose examines the long-lasting effects of battle and the injuries that are often invisible to the naked eye. All the Ruined Men shows veterans struggling for normalcy as they grapple with flashbacks, injuries (both physical and psychological), damaged relationships, loss of faith, and loss of memory.
Beginning in 2003, All the Ruined Men spans ten years, from the confident beginning of America’s “forever war” to the confusion and disillusionment that followed.
As a former paratrooper and Gulf War veteran, Bill Glose is closely bound to these stories, which present a cast of complex and sympathetic characters: young men who embraced what seemed a war of just cause, who trained and fought and lived and died together, and who have returned to families, wives, children, civlian life, and an America that has lost its way.
"Bill Glose cracks open the physical and mental challenges of American Gulf War soldiers and their families in this stellar collection of intertwined stories. Glose, a combat veteran, former paratrooper, poet, and journalist, writes movingly and with brutal honesty. He honors his comrades’ lives with empathetic and knockout storytelling."
“A brutally honest portrayal of combat and its aftermath, Glose looks the horror in the eye and never averts his gaze. An important book all Americans should read to understand the fallout from twenty years of continuous war.”
“Glose rivets the reader’s attention with gritty, convincing detail on everything from combat, to paper-bag machinery, to coping with wayward teens. No rah-rah patriotism here, only the true cost of war shown in blood and damage and regret. A moving, tragic tribute to those whose lives were wrecked by fighting in America’s longest war, Ruined Men is one of the most moving collections I’ve ever read.”
“A collage of explosions, both in combat and civilian life. In this collection, Bill Glose hinges the traumas of war to everyday events: playing poker, hosting a party, digging a pool. All the Ruined Men is an impressive debut from a seasoned storyteller who understands nuance and character and how memory abides inside every present moment. These stories are brutal, disarming, tender, and wrenching. They are also very well-written—lyrical, yet understated—harrowing, piercing, fierce.”
“In his closing quartet of stories, Glose lands body blows of brilliant prose that rend the heart. In "The Dead Aren't Allowed to Walk," a character experiences a downward spiral during an addled quest to avenge a friendly fire death. A sister's devastation is eloquently mapped as she observes the objects left behind by her brother in "Her Brother's Apartment." In the collection's longest story, "Penultimate Dad," Mueller reconnects with a daughter he does not recognize, discovering he still has something to offer her. Sure to rank with the likes of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Glose's All the Ruined Men is a riveting collection of superbly crafted stories, stripped down like a field weapon, capable of cutting and gutting with the blunt reality of war's ugly wake.”
“Through these heartfelt stories Bill Glose shatters the myth of the tight-lipped, stoic veteran.”
“Searing, evocative linked stories, masterfully told, of the devotion and devastation of young soldiers in combat and the trauma and isolation experienced by too many as they struggle to readjust to home after multiple deployments in our forever wars. Heartbreaking, but with glimmers of hope, this eloquent book should be read by all who want to understand what we ask of, and do to, so many of the few we send to fight our wars.”
“A generation of American men and women have gone abroad since 9/11 in search of monsters, returning home to a land mostly unchanged while they themselves are anything but. In prose both searing and forceful, Bill Glose traces the after-wars of one infantry squad, examining how combat lingers in the hardest of souls sent off by their country to do the impossible. There are small victories, large failures, drudgery and bursts of hope, too. This accomplished book is more than a collection of war tales. It's a reckoning.”
"Glose has written an intense book about these brave men who are serving and going through hell at times, away from their families and facing harsh situations in foreign countries. He draws upon his experince being in service and these stories can be tough to read at times and seen through the eyes of the soldiers. It’s a powerful [collection] that will stay with you long after you have finished it."