In this episode of The Ask author Elliot Ackerman discusses his work on Green on Blue
About the Book:
Aziz and his older brother Ali live in a village amid the pine forests and endless mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Their family is poor, but inside their mud-walled home, they have stability, love, and routine.
But when a convoy of armed men suddenly arrives in the village, their parents disappear and their world is shattered.
In order to ensure his and his brother’s survival, Aziz must join the Special Lashkar – a US-funded militia hungry for Afghan recruits. No longer a boy, but not yet a man, Aziz struggles to understand his place in a conflict both savage and entirely contrived.
Will he embrace the brutality of war or leave it behind, and risk placing his brother – and a young woman he comes to love – in jeopardy?
Green on Blue is a gripping debut novel, and an astonishing feat of empathy and imagination about boys caught in a deadly conflict.
Our Episode Guest:
Author Elliot Ackerman
Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. He currently lives in Istanbul where he writes on the Syrian Civil War. Green on Blue is his first published novel.