Mariette Kalinowski served in Iraq with the US Marines.
The story: A female former Marine, now living in NYC, tries to get on with her life, but is tormented by the memory of the friend she lost in Iraq.
Characters: An unnamed first-person narrator, a female former Marine; a second female Marine named Kavanagh
Themes: Post-war struggle, survivor guilt, women in the military, grieving
- What does the narrator like or appreciate about having been a Marine?
- Why is the narrator so tormented by Kavanagh’s death?
- Is the experience of war seem different for women, based on your understanding of the story?
For further exploration, watch this video of a conversation between Marietta Kalinowski and Phil Klay:
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