Teresa Fazio author of Fidelis- in Conversation with Brian Van Reet

Join us on Zoom for this special event! Marine Corps veteran Teresa Fazio, author of Fidelis, in conversation with fellow author, and Army Veteran, Brian Van Reet. Zoom information is found below.

Teresa Fazio’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, and The Nation, as well as the anthologies Retire the Colors, The Road Ahead, and It’s My Country, Too. She is the recipient of the Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize, the Sven Birkerts Nonfiction Prize, and a fellowship at Yaddo. She holds a BS in physics from MIT, a PhD in materials science from Columbia University, and a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Fidelis is her first book.

Fidelis jacket copy:

In 1998, Teresa Fazio signed up for the Marine Corps’ ROTC program to pay her way through MIT. After the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001, leading to the War on Terror, she graduated with a physics degree into a very different world, owing the Marines four years of active duty. At twenty-three years old and five foot one, Fazio was the youngest and smallest officer in her battalion; the combined effect of her short hair, glasses, and baggy camo was less Hurt Locker than Harry Potter Goes to War. She cut an incongruous figure commanding more experienced troops in an active war zone, where vulnerability was not only taboo, but potentially lethal.

In this coming-of-age story set in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fazio struggles with her past, her sense of authority, and her womanhood. Anger stifles her fear and uncertainty. A forbidden affair placates her need for love and security. But emptiness, guilt, and nightmares plague Fazio through her deployment—and follow her back home.

Brian Van Reet is the author of Spoils, named one of the best books of 2017 by the Guardian, Military Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers, he has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award. He lives in Austin with his family.

Brian was born in Houston and grew up there and in Maryland. Following the September 11 attacks, he left the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He was deployed to Baghdad under stop-loss orders and received a Bronze Star for valor.


In 2008, three years after returning from Iraq, he began publishing fiction while earning an MA in English at the University of Missouri. His short stories have won the Gulf Coast Prize, been longlisted for the Sunday Times award, and have twice been named distinguished stories in the Best American anthology. His essays and articles have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.


His first novel, Spoils, was published in 2017 and translated into four languages. In 2018 he received a Dobie Paisano fellowship at the University of Texas and taught there as a visiting professor the following year. When not writing, he enjoys traveling, any kind of good story, and spending time with friends and family.


Topic: BookWoman Presents Teresa Fazio

Time: Sep 29, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


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ISBN: 9781640123557
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Published: Potomac Books - September 1st, 2020

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