Eleven Days Novels such as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and The Yellow Birds have sparked a new wave of Iraq-war fiction that wrestles with the U.S.'s… Eleven Days Novels such as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and The Yellow Birds have sparked a new wave of Iraq-war fiction that wrestles with the U.S.'s… 2013-06-18 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

Eleven Days (2013)

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter
Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 18, 2013; Writer: Lea Carpenter; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

Novels such as Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and The Yellow Birds have sparked a new wave of Iraq-war fiction that wrestles with the U.S.'s place in the Middle East. Carpenter's stark debut, Eleven Days, takes a wide lens to that conflict, focusing as much on the people left at home as it does on the soldiers. It opens on May 2, 2011, the night of the bin Laden raid, as bohemian mom Sara waits to hear the fate of her missing Navy SEAL son, Jason. Written in simple but stirring prose, it's an elegant meditation on the love between a mother and son whose worldviews changed forever after 9/11, in very different ways. B+

Originally posted Jun 05, 2013 Published in issue #1263 Jun 14, 2013 Order article reprints