This is the winning story selected by Amy Hempel in the American Short Fiction 2014 contest. It is told in first person and divided into seven sections. Tom works in a post office while his younger, by one year exactly, brother is in Pakistan disarming bombs. "What is Louder" is suspenseful and well-written and a quite enjoyable read. There are some extremely nice and astute characterizations and descriptions.
"We lived together in the same expanses, only he made it seem like my perspective was glued inside a snow globe."
"Not to say we didn't love him to the point of fandom, but we had formed our own unit as brothers, and watching our parents retire to Arizona was, in some ways, the end of what they had been to us."