NICK HOLDSTOCK’s fiction and essays have appeared in a wide range of US and UK publications, including The London Review of Books, The Southern Review, n+1, Dissent, Vice, The Independent, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of The Tree That Bleeds: A Uighur Town on the Edge (Luath Press Ltd 2011), a book about life in China’s Xinjiang province, and China’s Forgotten People (I B Tauris 2015). In 2012 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship for fiction. He lives in Edinburgh.
The Casualties starts off so good. Right away, I thought the premise was interesting. The cast of characters is really unique. Somewhere along the way this book lost my interest, though. I can't quite put my finger on what the big turn off was but I found myself caring less and less about [...]