Combat takes a different toll on each soldier; so does coming home. All the Ruined Men by Bill Glose comprises linked stories that show 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, author Bill Glose is closely bound to these stories. Drawing from his own experiences and military knowledge, Glose presents a cast of complex and sympathetic characters: young men who embraced what seemed like a war of just cause, who trained and fought and lived and died together, and who have returned to families, wives, children, civilian life, and an America that has lost its way.
More about this collection
“After Combat, Writing the Horrific Stories of War” – a LitHub-article by the author about his background and inspiration
Review from Publisher’s Weekly – All the Ruined Men
From Kirkus Reviews – ALL THE RUINED MEN
“What lies they tell and what truths they keep is not for anyone else to dictate. Each man must find his own way home.”