Aaron Gwyn was raised on a cattle ranch in rural Oklahoma. He is the author of a story collection, Dog on the Cross (finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award), and two novels, The World Beneath (W.W. Norton), and Wynne’s War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), available May 20th. His short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, and New Stories from the South. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
“Gwyn’s (Dog on the Cross) story is a gripping tale of men at war in the desolate snow-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan, and captures the essence of close combat—the terror, excitement, chaos, tension, and cruelty, as well as the harsh decisions men make under stress…its gritty realism is part of the strength.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review.
Fiction Chronicle: ‘Wynne’s War’ by Aaron Gwyn — Wall Street Journal
Book Review: Wynne’s War, by Aaron Gwyn — Entertainment Weekly
On Horseback in Afghanistan: PW talks with Aaron Gwyn — Publishers Weekly
Journey of discovery becomes hero’s struggle against horrors of war — Houston Chronicle
Newly Released Books — New York Times
9 Classic Contemporary Westerns You Need to Read — Huffington Post
Review: ‘Wynne’s War’ by Aaron Gwyn — Chicago Tribune
“Pain Can Recalibrate Your Life” — The Believer Logger
“Wynne’s War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.” — Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston, creator of HBO’s True Detective.
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for Summer 2014.