H. David Abrams, “Roll Call”

David Abrams

David Abrams served in Iraq with the US Army.

The story: A group of soldiers in Iraq gather after a memorial service for a fallen comrade and try to make sense of the many casualties their unit has suffered.

Characters: An unnamed first-person narrator, an Army soldier. Several other unnamed soldiers.

Themes: Honoring fallen soldiers, considering the possibility of one’s own death

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the attitude of the soldiers in the story?
  2. Has the memorial service allowed the soldiers to honor their fallen comrade, or is something missing?
  3. How do soldiers understand the possibility that they might be killed at any time?

For further exploration, watch this video of David Abrams speak about his novel Fobbit:

Find “Roll Call” here:

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