Other Work

“20 Security Questions for Mary Miller…” from Southwest Review 

“You Hold on to What You Need: Mary Gauthier and the Art of Writing War” from Oxford American

“Dear Any Soldier: Vonnegut During Wartime” from The Millions 

(Now available in Italian!)

“On Recovering Love in Fiction” from TSP: The Story Prize

Book Notes, at Largehearted Boy

On being predictable, at LitHub

We Come To Our Senses

I read Odie Lindsey’s We Come to Our Senses in a way that books rarely compel me to…Not only compulsively readable, the thoughts these war stories stirred were rich and complex and heartening in their universal humanity. This is a remarkable collection by a splendid new writer.

Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

With a searing insightfulness and a dark humor all his own, Odie Lindsey holds up a powerful lens to an experience of modern American warfare that has been largely ignored in fiction—that of female veterans. This is collection about how the battles we wage with the external world are really only half the fight.
Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award Finalist and author of Once Upon a River

Here’s an exciting, even thrilling new voice I’m delighted to read, to hear in my head. He’s got all the notes, he’s all in. Odie Lindsey’s a terrific writer—pitch-perfect, entirely under control at high speed—who doesn’t hold anything back.
Brad Watson, National Book Award finalist and author of Aliens in the Primes of Their Lives

The debut we hope for: heart-quickening, kinetic, relentless in its engagement with our time.
Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters

[A] gritty and ambitious debut collection…Odie Lindsey is an innovative and consummate prose stylist.
Mary Miller, author of The Last Days of California

The writing here is nuanced, correct, and felt enough that, for once, ‘Support Our Troops’ is not political pablum. One might say that in Odie Lindsey’s care ‘Support Our Troops’ is a literary imperative.
Padgett Powell, author of Cries for Help, Various

Brutal, precise, like a bullet to the heart, Lindsey’s prose is exactly right for conveying what war does to the human soul. Whether comic or tragic, the characters in these stories feel so vibratingly alive they seem to be whispering directly into your ear.
Helen Benedict, author of Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier