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In the Year of the Rabbit

A Novel

After surviving an ambush in which his lover was killed, cameraman Brendan Leary numbly returns to combat, flying night operations over the mountains of Laos.
Leary is later discharged but remains in Thailand. He is ordained as a Buddhist monk and embarks on a pilgrimage through the wastelands of Laos, haunted by what Thais call pii tai hong—the restless, unhappy ghosts of his doomed crewmates.
This story of healing and redemption honors three groups missing from accounts of the Vietnam War—the air commandos who risked death flying nightly over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the active-duty airmen who risked prison by joining the GI antiwar movement, and the people of neutral Laos, whose lives and country were devastated.

About the Authors

Terence A. Harkin was awarded the 2020 Silver Medal in Literary Fiction from the Military Writers Society of America for his debut novel, The Big Buddha Bicycle Race. During the Vietnam War he served with the "Rat Pack," the USAF photo unit operating out of Ubon, Thailand. He has returned often to Thailand and Laos.


"Makes a strong, significant, even surprisingly unique contribution to the large body of fiction that has emerged from the Vietnam War. For anyone who wishes to fully examine that most emblematic of American wars, In the Year of the Rabbit is essential reading."—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"The real deal—epic yet personal... An illuminating journey from lost innocence to agonizing self-discovery."—Susan Craig, Warner Pictures

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