Stories of the Forever War

featuring readings from 

The Road Ahead:
Stories of the Forever War

by contributors 


with an introduction by BRIAN CASTNER

This event includes a book signing


January 22, 2017
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes local writers and veterans MAURICE DECAUL, TERESA FAZIO, COLIN D. HALLORAN, and LAUREN HALLORAN for a discussion of The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War, a short story collection that explores the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars. Bestselling author BRIAN CASTNER, co-editor of The Road Ahead, will introduce and moderate the discussion.

About The Road Ahead

A decade has passed since boots first hit the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the war has not ended—only changed.  Twenty-five diverse veteran voices reflect the changing face of combat and reflect the haunting realities and truths only fiction can reveal.

These masterfully crafted stories from writers who have served reflect the entire breadth of human emotion—loss, anger, joy, love, fear, and courage—and the evolving nature of what has become America’s "Forever War."

From debut writers to experienced contributors whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, this exceptional collection promises to be the definitive fictional look at the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and will resonate with the reader long after the final page.

Including stories by: Elliot Ackerman, Benjamin Busch, Brandon Caro, Maurice Decaul, Teresa Fazio, Thomas Gibbons Neff, Aaron Gwyn, Alex Horton, Matt Robinson, Kristen L. Rouse, Chris Wolfe, Kayla M. Williams, Brandon Willitts, and many others. 


"The writers gathered in these pages are among the finest, and the material they are working with is, by its nature, powerful and compelling. The result is stories that are by turns brutal and hilarious, dark and redemptive. Every one of them speaks to a truth we should not, cannot, turn away from." —Mary Roach, the New York Times–bestselling author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

"The Road Ahead more than lived up to its promise—a shockingly brilliant salvo in the next wave of literature about our perpetual wars, a diverse and strange new literature which is utterly essential if we want to understand who we are as a nation, and what this era of constant war is doing to us, to our military, and to the countries where we send our men and women to kill and die." —Phil Klay, the National Book Award–winning author of Redeployment

"A stunning, poignant, astonishing, mournful, melancholy, brutally honest collection of stories about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and makes this old soldier’s heart sore. They are so well written. If you want to understand our young soldiers and the world they lived in, read these stories." —Larry Heinemann, the National Book Award–winning author of Paco's Story and Black Virgin Mountain

Brian Castner
Brian Castner

Brian Castner

Brian Castner is a writer, a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer and veteran of the Iraq War. He is the bestselling author of All the Ways We Kill and Die, and the war memoir The Long Walk, which was adapted into an opera and named an Amazon Best Book for 2012. A contributing writer to VICE, he is a two-time grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Buzzfeed News, Foreign Policy, and on NPR.

Colin Halloran
Colin Halloran

Colin Halloran

Colin Halloran is an internationally published poet, essayist, photographer, and artist. He is author of Shortly Thereafter, a memoir-in-verse recounting his time on the front lines of Afghanistan with the US Army. His follow-up collection, Icarian Flux, explores themes of PTSD, isolation, and reintegration, using metaphor, persona, and experimental narration and form. Halloran received the 2016 Lillian E. Smith Writer in Service Award for his work with veterans, healthcare providers, and creative writing. He holds an MFA from Fairfield University.

Lauren Halloran
Lauren Halloran

Lauren Halloran

A former Air Force public affairs officer, Lauren Halloran served in Mali, Africa and Afghanistan. After her honorable discharge, Lauren earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. She has studied at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glamour, Pleiades, Consequence Magazine and several anthologies. Lauren's in-progress memoir chronicles her coming-of-age against the backdrop of war—beginning with her mother's Army career and deployment in support of Operation Desert Storm when Lauren was seven years old, and later with her own service in Afghanistan.

Maurice Decaul
Maurice Decaul

Maurice Decaul

Maurice Decaul, a former Marine, poet, essayist and playwright, has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Sierra Magazine, Epiphany, Callaloo, Narrative and others. His poems have been translated into French and Arabic and his theatrical works and plays have been performed in New York, Washington, DC, Paris, and Antwerp. He is a graduate of Columbia University and NYU, and is a current MFA candidate at Brown University.

Teresa Fazio
Teresa Fazio

Teresa Fazio

Teresa Fazio served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, deploying once to Iraq. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesTask and PurposeVassar QuarterlyConsequence Magazine, and Penthouse. Her memoir-in-progress, Unbecoming, was a finalist in the 2015 Autumn House Books nonfiction contest. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize and a fellowship at Yaddo. She is an alumna of MIT and a current MFA candidate at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

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