The Deserters

Pamela Mulloy

Shifting across three countries, The Deserters explores themes of trust, isolation, abandonment, and emotional disconnection in a world dramatically altered by the experience of war. Eugenie is trying—and mostly failing—to restore an inherited old farm in New Brunswick while her husband, a master carpenter, is away in Spain. The work involved overwhelms her, so she hires Dean to help bring the farm back to working order. But Dean is a deserter from the us Army suffering PTSD, and he is using the untamed backwoods of her property to hide out from immigration officials. As Eugenie and Dean fall into a relationship, he is tormented by flashbacks, nightmares, and flickering memories of his wartime experiences in Iraq. And then Eugenie’s husband returns.

Esplanade Fiction
Fiction 2018

Reviews

"Sparely and beautifully written, The Deserters is a story not of escape but of the deep, human need to belong to a place, and to one another."
Helen Humphreys

"Here is the fallout of war, the logic of betrayal, told with grace, elegance, and an unflinching gaze.”
Tamas Dobozy

"In The Deserters, her beautiful and understated debut novel about those who love, those who fight, and those who leave, Pamela Mulloy makes connections between characters, continents and centuries and creates a constellation." — Kerry Clare

Pamela Mulloy’s short fiction has been published in the UK and Canada. She is the editor of The New Quarterly. Pamela Mulloy grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and daughter.
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