In this powerful debutnovel, three American soldiers haunted by their actions in Afghanistan searchfor absolution and human connection in family and civilian life.
Wintric Ellis joins thearmy as soon as he graduates from high school, saying goodbye to hisgirlfriend, Kristen, and to the backwoods California town whose borders havealways been the limits of his horizon. Deployed for two years in Afghanistan ina directionless war, he struggles to find his bearings in a place where alliescould at any second turn out to be foes. Two career soldiers, Dax and Torres,take Wintric under their wing. Together, these three men face an impossiblechoice: risk death or commit a harrowing act of war.
The aftershocks echo longafter each returns home to a transfigured world, where his own children mayfear to touch him and his nightmares still hold sway. Jesse Goolsby castsbackward and forward in time to track these unforgettable characters fromchildhood to parenthood, from redwood forests to open desert roads to thestreets of Kabul. Hailed by Robert Olen Butler as a ?major literary event,? I?d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Themis a work of disarming eloquence and heart-wrenching wisdom?a debut novel froma writer to watch.