"Nothing In Reserve" details the journey of a middle-aged soldier from suburbia through the sandbox as he wrangles with death, divorce and devastation on his way to a full, if damaged, heart. The stories in this book bring light to the real war fought by every man: the struggle for meaning against the blaring chaos of war and the often purposeless drift of peacetime. The tenderness expressed herein was not acquired at retail. It was earned through unsparing, brutal honesty.
Praise for Jack Lewis's writing :
"Every once in a while an author comes along who, through the sheer force and intensity of his prose, knocks you flat. To me, Jack Lewis is that writer and truly one of the great, literary heavyweights of his generation. No matter what subject he takes on, no matter how familiar we might initially assume it to be, Jack transforms it into something fresh, dynamic, and unforgettable. Road Work, just to give one example, is about as perfect a short story as any author could hope to craft — and like the rest of Jack’s writing, it hits hard and leaves a mark."
– Andrew Carroll, editor of Operation Homecoming.
About the Author
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1964, Jack Lewis is a middle-aged curmudgeon of catholic writing proclivity. Jack holds a BA English cum laude from Washington State University and an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He wears thick glasses, drinks Ardbeg, owns two motorcycles and a chainsaw, and prefers slip-on shoes. In 2006, Jack contributed two chapters to Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front (ed. Andrew Carroll, Random House 2006), and participated in two documentary films based on that book including Richard Robbins's Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. Those writings stemmed from his service leading a tactical psychological operations team in NW Iraq during 2004-2005. Editorial writing earlier in Jack's career resulted in the D.B. Houston Journalism Prize, SPJ Editorial Writing honors, Best of the Palouse citation, and WSU Philosophy Club Gadfly of the Year. Between spasms of frenzied writing activity, Jack has worked as a busboy, geriatric nursing aide, soldier, production assistant, telecommunications circuit designer, soda jerk, computer technician, hotel manager, farm hand, editor, hardware store clerk for the coolest hardware store in Seattle, and motorcycle service writer.