NY Times Book Review Praises David Zimmerman's Novel, The Sandbox
That every question in this novel interrogates every other is one of its great strengths and will keep you turning the pages of its short chapters, as each weaves the insistent first-person mystery of “Why me?” with the larger mystery of “What are we doing here?” --Joel Turnipseed, "Collateral Damage," NY Times Book Review.
Reviews continue to come in for David Zimmerman's Iraq war novel, The Sandbox, published by Soho Press in 2010. Hailed as a "strong debut," the novel recently received a positive review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review:
"On the opening page of “The Sandbox,” David Zimmerman’s gripping first novel about the Iraq war, Pvt. Toby Durrant’s convoy comes across a dead girl in the road, her body “a small white mound, like a fallen bird.” Toby’s response is to “put this child in the small cigar box I keep hidden in the back of my head, close its cardboard lid and snap a couple of rubber bands around it to keep it tightly shut. Just like I’ve done with the rest.” ... For a character like this, in a war as full of indiscretion, deception and savage violence as Iraq’s, there can really be only one destiny: the wrong end of a bad deal. But Zimmerman has more in mind than merely getting a hard-luck soldier into trouble. “The Sandbox” is loaded with an M.R.E. caseful of plot elements, all pulled from Iraq war headlines — lost billions in cash, prisoner interrogations, soldier indiscretions, failed counterinsurgency plans — and all play their part in bringing Toby’s story to its terrible conclusion."