Redeployment by Phil Klay is a remarkable book. It’s exceptionally good writing, and well worth a read.
I’m still thinking about authenticity, and what it means in writing. The stories feel authentic; and I think although they’re clearly fiction (they’re all told in different voices, from different perspectives), they also feel very authentic- they’re the kind of stories that feel like a realistic reflection of the experience, an accurate picture of what someone might have experienced there.
That, it turns out, is in part a reflection of Klay’s experience (a period in the Marines), but also a function of research – which Klay did quite a bit of.