A Novel of Redemption
Vietnam Vet, John Carrows suffers from PTSD and lives off the grid in self-imposed exile. Battling daily with violent war memories, he is forced out of hiding when pot-smoking teenagers make a failed attempt to rob him at gun point. Teenagers and the town at large aren’t prepared for the consequences.
An abused dog will become the catalyst to heal John’s deep psychological wounds. When he saves the dog’s life, John begins to emerge from years of recurring nightmares and deep depression — setting forth a chain of events that affect his entire community.
“This gifted writer researched her subject and got the feeling right for someone returning from the Nam and suffering from PTSD. It’s almost as if the author had been there herself. Three cheers for this one!”
Richard A.M. Dixon
Lieutenant Colonel USA (Retired)
Author of “Dillon’s War” Trilogy
“Vanilla Grass is a thoughtful satisfying read, rich in information about the plight of PTSD soldiers, at risk youth, and the options available for their recovery along with valuable insight on the role of companion dogs.”
Lisa Marguerite Mora
Novelist and Professional Member of PEN
About the Author:
Leslie Bratspis received an AA in English from Los Angeles Valley College and studied Cultural Anthropology at California State University Northridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington.