SPARTA

By Roxana Robinson
Sarah Crichton BooksJune 2013
us.macmillan.com
roxanarobinson.com

Hardcover400 pages, $27.00, ISBN: 9780374267704
Subject: Military / Personal Challenges / Relationships

“Roxana Robinson’s Sparta delicately explores the fissures between the military experience and civilian life with this portrait of a liberal northeastern family and what happens when their son, a young Marine lieutenant, returns home from Iraq irrevocably changed. This book is not simply about war, but about the horror and enforced isolation of trauma, the inevitable merging of the personal and the political, and the possibilities and trials found within the bonds of familial and romantic love.”Phil Klay, author of Redeployment

“Roxana Robinson’s Sparta is a feat of the imagination. Vividly and with unflinching wisdom, Robinson has given voice, substance, and profound reality to her protagonist, Conrad Farrell of the Marine Corps—and in so doing, to thousands of veterans like him.”Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs and The Emperor’s Children

“Sparta gives us an unflinching portrayal of the costs of war, costs that go far beyond what the tallies of killed and wounded can tell us. There are plenty of losses that can be measured only in the language of the spirit, and it’s books such as this one, necessary books, that guide us to a fuller appreciation of war’s costs.”Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

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