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Eat the Apple: A Memoir

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Eat the Apple: A Memoir

"The Iliad of the Iraq war" (Tim Weiner) --- a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man.

EAT THE APPLE is a daring, twisted and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age 18 after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and then not one, not two, but three deployments to Iraq, where the testosterone, danger and stakes for him and his fellow grunts were dialed up a dozen decibels.

With its kaleidoscopic array of literary forms, from interior dialogues to infographics to prose passages that read like poetry, Young's narrative powerfully mirrors the multifaceted nature of his experience. Visceral, ironic, self-lacerating and ultimately redemptive, Young's story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of 21st-century war, the manned-up vulnerability of those on the front lines and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.

Searing in its honesty, tender in its vulnerability and brilliantly written, EAT THE APPLE is a modern war classic in the making and a powerful coming-of-age story that maps the insane geography of our times.

Eat the Apple: A Memoir
by Matt Young

  • Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1632869519
  • ISBN-13: 9781632869517