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Review: 'Brief Encounters With the Enemy' by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
A cartographer who gets lost in his own city. An office worker who escapes his boring data entry job only to find himself equally bored with military service. A sixth grade history teacher–turned-soldier who returns from war to a class of students who are completely uninterested in war history. Personally and professionally adrift young men populate “Brief Encounters with the Enemy,” the debut story collection by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, who also wrote a memoir about his experience growing up in the Socialist Workers Party, "When Skateboards Will Be Free" (2009).
By Laura Pearson
August 9, 2013