Back from the battlefield, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans produce a surge of great fiction

February 25, 2015 3:26 PM

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Ben Fountain was driving to Galveston, Texas, in March 2003, about a week after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, when he caught a glimpse of the literary future.

"I was thinking, 'They're out there,'" Fountain says from his Dallas home. "Those men and women who are going to write the novels of the next generation are out there in that sandstorm right now."

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