Paco's Story by Larry Heinemann

When incoming fire lights up the sky over the good old boys at Fire Base Harriet in Vietnam, the tough soldiers just look at each other and settle in, certain that the nearly 100 of them will die. And all but one are visited by the descending brightness that tears their bodies apart. The ghost of one of these soldiers narrates the story of survivor Paco Sullivan, who lies covered with flies and dirt for two days before being rescued. Badly scarred and limping, he returns to the States and becomes an introspective dishwasher in a small Texas town. This is a well-written, ruminative work in an easy-going, down-home dialect that makes the awful memories of the warthankfullya little bit distant. Heinemann (Close Quarters has a promising talent, but his novel needs a sense of propulsion, not just excellent tales and fine dialogue; and his women should also be more than lusty objects of men's desires. As is, his work is just short of important.

The 2145th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)

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Pacos Story Hardcover 5200711 $223.31 $0.01 1987
Paco's Story Hardcover 2037939 $19.90 $0.20
Paco's Story (Contemporary American Fiction) Paperback 2753229 $9.99 $0.01 1989
Paco's Story: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Kindle Edition 424378 $7.99 2010
Paco's Story [UNABRIDGED] Audio CD 2500788 $16.25 $9.99 2006
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Paco's Story Hardcover 1230837 $15.00 $5.00 1986
Paco's Story Mass Market Paperback 851150 $13.95 $0.94 1987
Paco's Story Paperback 12206863 $0.13 1989
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Paco's Story: A Novel Paperback 963062 $6.98 $2.66 2005
Paco's Story by Larry Heinemann (1986-12-01) Hardcover 996465 $34.98 $31.98