Dzanc Books/CNC DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal - June 30 - July 12, 2013
The title of his new work refers to many things, both literal and metaphorical, but most explicitly to a handful of horrific evenings in 1950, during the Korean War, when the United States fought the Chinese in temperatures plunging to 30 below. Henry, only 17, has lied about his age. The relationship with the high school girl has ended violently — a rich judge doesn’t need a poor fool for a son-in-law — and so Henry has fled to the Marines.
Disquiet guest writer Robert Olmstead's new novel The Coldest Night has a good review in the New York Times, as of a couple days ago! You can find it here.
In the course of one terrible year, his body, mind and heart are shattered by the savageries of love and war. Which, “The Coldest Night” asks, is worse?
NYT reviewer Mike Peed won't tell you; you'll have to read it for yourself. Elsewhere in the New York Times, Frank Bruni fell for Lisbon.