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May 15, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Large Meeting Room
120 S Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
447-1690 ext 130

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Author David Abrams Reading and Book Signing of Fobbit

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Butte author David Abrams will read from Fobbit, his acclaimed novel about the Iraq War. Publishers Weekly called Fobbit "an instant classic" and the New York Times selected it as a Notable Book of 2012.Come hear why readers and reviewers have been hailing the comic novel as a "M*A*S*H" for our contemporary wars.

Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph. Of all the fobbits stationed at the FOB, Staff Sergeant Chance Gooding is the fobbitiest. His M-16 is collecting dust, he reads Dickens and Cervantes instead of playing Xbox with the grunts, and the only piece of Army intelligence he really shows an interest in is the mess hall menu. He works in the base’s public affairs office, tapping out press releases that put a positive slant on the latest roadside bombing or strategic blunder. Another soldier who'd spend every day at the FOB if he could is Captain Abe Shrinkle, but unfortunately he’s a front-line officer, in charge of a platoon of troops. Abe trembles at any encounter with the enemy and hoards hundreds of care packages, brimming over with baby wipes, foot powder, and erotic letters from bored housewives. When Shrinkle makes a series of ill-judged tactical decisions, he ends up in front of his commanding officers, and Gooding has his work cut out trying to make everything smell like roses--and that’s just the start of the bad news.