WHITNEY TERRELL with JESS WALTER
As Whitney Terrell’s novel The Good Lieutenant (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) begins, an operation led by Lieutenant Emma Fowler of the Twenty-seventh Infantry Battalion goes spectacularly wrong. Men are dead--one, a young Iraqi, by her hand. Gradually, though, we learn the backstory from a variety of points of view and what is revealed is what happens when good intentions destroy, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything. “With The Good Lieutenant, Whitney Terrell has unwound the myths of one of our most encrusted literary forms—the war novel—and remade it to be humane and honest, glowingly new and true. Terrell knows his facts on the ground, but this is emphatically, triumphantly, a work of imagination and literary ingenuity. —Adam Johnson. Whitney Terrell, also the author of The Huntsman, (a New York Times notable book) was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, and NPR. He appears tonight in conversation with novelist Jess Walter, a National Book Award Finalist and the author of We Live in Water, Beautiful Ruins and other books.