One of the buzz books from BEA, the debut novel, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Hachette/Little, Brown; Thorndike Press; Hachette Audio) was featured on the cover of Sunday’s New York Times Book Review. The author enlisted in the Army at 17 and served in Iraq. The novel features a young American soldier’s life in the Army, from basic training, through fighting in Iraq, confinement in a military prison and his difficult reentry into civilian life.

The review is not completely positive, but ends, “Kevin Powers has something to say, something deeply moving about the frailty of man and the brutality of war, and we should all lean closer and listen.”

The author also appeared on the PBS NewsHour on Friday.

The Yellow Birds rose to #101 on Amazon’s sales rankings over the weekend. Some libraries are showing heavy holds.

Watch Conversation: Kevin Powers, Author of ‘The Yellow Birds’ on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Powers also read from his book on the show, watch the video here.

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