"A near-miraculous, brilliant debut--a perfect storm of rarefied and timely experience expressed in a jaw-droppingly original prose style--this collection opens new doors through which the short story form may now step. Bring Out the Dog announces the arrival of a great writer, at  just the moment when his signature combination of complexity, heart, stylistic verve, and fearlessness is sorely needed. If you harbor any doubts about fiction's essentiality or relevance--its ability to expand to accommodate the special insanity of the historical moment--read this and be consoled. Will Mackin has written a first book that will last a long, long time--as long as there are wars and human beings fighting them." GEORGE SAUNDERS, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo

"Stunning...In one exquisitely crafted story after the next, Will Mackin maps the surreal psychological terrain of soldiers in a perpetual war." PHIL KLAY, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment

"Good stories that deal with war must deal with the extremes of war. heroic altruism and murderous selfishness, piercing beauty and disgusting ugliness. Mackin hits all the right notes and all the notes sound true. These stories are right at the top with the best I've ever read." KARL MARLANTES, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War