What You Have Is This, by Tom Dunham
From the start of the Vietnam war, these eleven stories play out over five decades; beginning with “Receiving,” and a young man’s enlistment; ending with a veteran’s recollection of the only day of his tour he clearly remembers. With “Bodine,” there’s a deadly confrontation that ends with a short-sighted, “It’s over. Nobody hurt.” The title story tells of a machinist awaiting a lab result finding comfort in a ten year-old combat memory. These are heartfelt stories whose dark and lighter moments will draw you in, stir your thinking, and stay with you. Available in the library collection, and in paperback and ebook from online vendors.