Whitney Terrell’s newest novel The Good Lieutenant literally starts with a bang as an operation led by Lieutenant Emma Fowler of the Twenty-seventh Infantry Battalion goes spectacularly wrong. The story unspools backward in time as Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspicious informants and questionable intelligence. And then even further back, before things began to go wrong, the backstory unfolds from multiple points of view—from Fowler herself, to jaded career soldiers, to civilians both innocent and not. Ultimately, as all these stories unravel, what is revealed is what happens when good intentions wane, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything.
Whitney Terrell is assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first novel, The Huntsman, was a New York Times notable book. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Harper's Magazine, The New York Observer, The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post, Slate, and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City.
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