Who I am. "I am a retired surgeon that has spent 42 years of my life fighting death. Now I spent time as a widower writing poems, short stories and novels. I have seen death in every form and now I write about the impact death has on all associated with it. Death changes everyone and I am interested in the character changes that result."
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.