Hilary Plum is the author of the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series. She lives in Philadelphia.
Hilary Plum’s Watchfires is an intimate account of public and private life during the long years of the “war on terror.” This remarkable essay begins in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and illuminates the relationships among cancer, autoimmune disease, the Iraq War, the Arab Spring, Occupy, veteran suicide, the American epidemic of gun violence, and Plum’s family history. The result is an urgent inquiry—philosophical, political, and personal—into the maladies of our age.