Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Luke Mogelson's "Peacetime" was originally published in the April 27, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.
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By |2015-04-20T00:42:52+00:00April 20th, 2015|Categories: Luke Mogelson, New Yorker Fiction|Tags: |4 Comments

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  1. Adrienne April 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I liked this one – a lot.

    It’s my style – realistic, episodic, conversational, revealing truth without making a parable, exposing character flaws and relatable personalities, current themes, writing that is honest and brave. And an ending that echoes.

    Everything in a story is there for a reason and with this first person narrator, he has a reason to share himself with us. He unveils himself, incident by incident, moment by moment. It is a one-sided conversation, but he becomes more vulnerable as he tells his story.

    And his story is spotty and incomplete at times. More information unfolds as he tells us about his interactions with the other characters.

    This piece reads like a memory that has not been edited and revised to make a clean, cinematic narrative. The narrator just tells us how it is for him. It isn’t self-conscious or apologetic.

    It is about a man who went to war and how coming home creates an altered definition of “Peacetime”.

    I REALLY liked this one – a lot.

  2. Greg April 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with you Adrienne.

    Especially with the second paragraph of your post!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Greg

  3. lotusgreen May 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    The ending was beautifully written.

  4. Ken May 9, 2015 at 2:38 am

    I think this is the worst story the New Yorker has published in recent memory. I found it pointless, formless and simply substituting shock and grossness for any insight. The clichéd character–a vet combining two Paul Schrader characters (Travis Bickle and the EMT played by Nicholas Cage in Bringing Out the Dead)–has lots of encounters with misery in New York. Appalling.

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