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How Can You Mend This Purple Heart (Paperback)
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How Can You Mend This Purple Heart (Paperback)

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Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 19/06/2014
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Winner of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's James Webb Award for distinguished fiction

In this riveting first novel, author T. L. Gould draws on his experiences in a military hospital with severely wounded Marines recovering from the Vietnam War. He has created a plain-truth, no-holds-barred narrative, stark in its simplicity, detail, and humor. From dressing changes and morphine drips to off-site forays under a fence and into neighborhood bars and brothels, Gould chronicles the precipitous journey to recovery of the men of Ward 2B: how they learned to walk again, to love again, and to triumph over crippling injuries.

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart is not a story about combat in the jungles of Vietnam. It is a story about boys who returned from combat as men--men who left the better part of their youth, a bit of their souls, and a lot of their flesh in a battlefield on the other side of the world. It's a story about their longing to recapture the spirit of boyhood and rekindle the optimism and fearlessness of youth. And it's about their struggle to be whole again--or at the very least, to feel whole. It chronicles a journey of love, redemption, sorrow, and joy; a journey of pain and anger . . . and a journey of hope. But most of all, a journey of the human spirit and its triumph over the most impossible odds.

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart is a tribute to all the combat-wounded veterans of past and present conflicts. May they find the strength to continue their lives' missions and know that the entire nation is grateful for their sacrifices.

Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781497651906
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a veterans' story, an inspiring story, a story of brotherhood and love growing from the horrific ground of traumatic injuries and combat-shattered bodies. Healing isn't quick. It's like climbing a 10-klick hill with a 100-pound ruck in 100-degree heat every day for years. Via Terry Gould's story we feel the weight, the pain, the effort; and we are awed by the will to overcome." --John M. Del Vecchio, author of The 13th Valley

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