Whitney Terrell will be In Conversation about his New Novel, The Good Lieutenant

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Whitney Terrell, Kansas City's own Bestselling Author of The Huntsman and The King of Kings County, will be In Conversation with R. Crosby Kemper III, Executive Director of Kansas City Public Library, and Major Stacy Moore, U.S. Army XO to the Commanding General for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, about Whitney's New Hardcover Novel The Good Lieutenant.  This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books & The Kansas City Public Library.  PRE-ORDER YOUR HARDCOVER NOW!

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The Good Lieutenant literally starts with a bang as 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.  Others were soldiers in her platoon.  And the signals officer, Dixon Pulowski. Pulowski is another story entirely--Fowler and Pulowski had been lovers since they met at Fort Riley in Kansas.  From this conflagration, The Good Lieutenant unspools backward in time as Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspicious informants and questionable intelligence, their very mission the result of a previous snafu in which a soldier had been kidnapped by insurgents.  And then even further back, before things began to go so wrong, we see the backstory unfold from points of view that usually are not shown in war coverage--a female frontline officer, for one, but also jaded career soldiers and Iraqis both innocent and not so innocent.  Ultimately, as all these stories unravel, what is revealed is what happens when good intentions destroy, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything.  Brilliantly told and expertly captured by a terrific writer at the top of his form, Whitney Terrell's The Good Lieutenant is a gripping, insightful, necessary novel about a war that is proving to be the defining tragedy of our time.


"Whitney Terrell's The Good Lieutenant deftly explores many subtle contradictions of modern warfare.  Presented in reverse chronology, we follow a driven Army lieutenant from a disaster backward through all of the events and decisions that created the novel's stark opening act.  War is a series of chess moves, and here we see that the human pieces often follow orders with their own motivations for doing so.  The Good Lieutenant is a timely commentary on gender roles in the armed forces, adding a new understanding of what duty, honor, and country mean to the men and women asked to serve in our defense.  At its core, it is a story about everyday men and women pushed to the breaking point.  Trained in the middle of the map for an uncertain mission, this inventive cast of characters is sent to play their part far from home, far from reality." ~ Geoffrey Jennings, Rainy Day Books

The Good Lieutenant is a stirring performance grounded in the hard realities of combat.  The human beauty here is of the brutal variety—complex, dark, and impossible to forget. Lieutenant Emma Fowler is our guide into a contemporary heart of darkness.  This novel should be read by all.” ~ Anthony Swofford, Author of Jarhead

“So exhilarating in its tautly rendered, faultless reality, so timeless in its play of human emotion in extremis, The Good Lieutenant dazzles and shames us as it breaks our hearts.  In Lieutenant Emma Fowler, Whitney Terrell makes real the confused politics, personal heroism, and human cost of the Iraq War.  The Good Lieutenant joins the ranks of great war novels that explain, too late, why ‘victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.’” ~ Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell

“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. It opens in conflagration—everything having gone wrong for Lieutenant Emma Fowler in one explosive instant—and from there the mystery of how we got to this disastrous moment unfolds backward, Memento­-like, as we watch Emma become more innocent, her life more full of hope and possibility, with each day less of war that she has experienced.  This is brilliant, bold, heartbreaking storytelling for material that demands nothing less.” —Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son

The Good Lieutenant is a wild Humvee ride of a novel that embeds us so deeply and so sympathetically in its beautifully realized characters—(a young woman lieutenant and her platoon of male soldiers)—we can scarcely draw breath until their journey comes to its harrowing conclusion.  Whitney Terrell has written a deeply moving work of fiction to set beside Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Kevin Powers’s The Yellow Birds, with a singularity of vision uniquely its own." ~ Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Man Without A Shadow

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Whitney Terrell is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  He is a Graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  His first novel, The Huntsman, was a New York Times Notable Book.  His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Harper's Magazine, The New York Observer, The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  He was an Embedded Reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the War for The Washington Post, Slate, and NPR.  Whitney was born and raised in Kansas City.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, June 02, 2016, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Whitney Terrell will be In Conversation with R. Crosby Kemper III, Executive Director of Kansas City Public Library, and Major Stacy Moore, U.S. Army XO to the Commanding General for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley,  about Whitney's New Hardcover The Good Lieutenant.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of The Good Lieutenant, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at Rainy Day Books' Sales & Service Table at Unity Temple on The Plaza after 6:00 PM, Tonight, Thursday, June 02, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication & Sale Date for The Good Lieutenant is Tuesday, June 07, 2016.  All Orders will be processed immediately.  We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the Will-Call Table of this Event.  

Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops
2706 W. 53rd Street
Fairway, KS 66205

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: One Author Autographed Hardcover of The Good Lieutenant by Whitney Terrell.

The King of Kings County Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143037699
Availability: In Stock as of this morning. Order Now!
Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2006

The Huntsman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001318
Availability: In Stock as of this morning. Order Now!
Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2002

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