"The Verdun Affair
is ravishingly beautiful, and as much about love as about war. Nick Dybek is a storyteller of great power. I found myself drawn in immediately, believing the place, the characters, everything
in his magnificently woven story. If there's any justice, this novel will be widely read and recognized. I absolutely adored it." --Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun
"Sometimes the true battle begins only after the fighting is over. In this case, it's the struggle to regain feeling, memory, and love in a landscape where verdancy can flourish again over graves and trenches and bones, but not over the craters of a wounded spirit. In the end, only a story can do that, but it must be as rich and poignant and compelling as Nick Dybek's immersive and atmospheric The Verdun Affair
. The meaning in life often goes AWOL, and we look to our great writers--writers like Nick Dybek--to bring it back." --Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son and Fortune Smiles "The Verdun Affair
is an intensely gripping story set in the immediate aftermath of war. From a still-smoldering battlefield, Nick Dybek conjures a sweeping saga of secrets, lies, mistaken identity, love and betrayal. This is the kind of book you can't put down."
--Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn
"The Verdun Affair
is a masterful, sweeping novel of love and war and the way we reconstruct ourselves and our stories after everything has come apart. Nick Dybek is a vivid storyteller, and this is a beautiful and exciting book."
--Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One is Here Except all of Us
"I am still haunted by the images of war so deftly conjured in the midst of an elegiac love story. Dybek writes with a commanding sense of story and language. This novel will not let you go." --Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Summer Before The War
"Love, war, the mysteries of who we are -- it's all in The Verdun Affair
. A masterful novel that will fizz your brain and enchant your heart."
--David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
"A haunting, beautiful, and wholly absorbing book, that is at once a gripping story of war, a poignant coming of age, and a bittersweet romance. Dybek conjures the time period with elegance and visceral detail. I didn't want it to end!" --Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe