Charlie returns home from Afghanistan to discover that his battles are just beginning.
Ever since the death of his best friend, Charlie can hardly look in the mirror. He feels alienated from himself, and suddenly, things that used to feel simple seem unexplainably complicated. The weight of his past presses heavily on his soul. He wonders if everything that he did—letting his best friend enlist, deciding to enlist with him, being unable to talk about the war after they got home—all somehow led to his best friend's suicide.
As time moves on, Charlie keeps one foot in the past and one in the present. He feels himself getting stretched thinner and thinner. The weight on him only piles up, and whatever clarity he has about his life seems to only get more and more foggy. He talks to everyone he can, trying to get answers about why his best friend, who once seemed so happy, decided to die. It's a puzzle that he tries to solve like a mystery, trying to piece together parts of his friend's past, seeking a simple answer that'll make everything seem rational. He believes that then, he'll be okay. Then, he'll move on. However, for every answer, there seem to be ten more questions.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS an in-depth look at the trauma of returning from war, PTSD, and at suicide by war vets and the struggles of those they leave behind. [DRM-Free]
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About the Author
I’m currently (as of 8 September 2020) a law student at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to law school, I taught creative writing at John Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth program, and worked as an editor for 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. I’m a graduate of Trinity University, where I majored in English and minored in creative writing. I’ve always had a passion for writing literary fiction, and after continuously reading and rereading my two favorite novels, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, I decided to write my own story about a soldier’s return home from Afghanistan.
My novel Indivisible is about the way that time itself both heals and scars us, how time pushes us to points where we must choose between breaking or making peace with senselessness and tragedy. It’s a novel about strength and, at times, the absence of it.
I recently had a flash fiction piece, A Bookmark Near the End, published by the NY Times, which is pretty exciting.