Crooked Fences by C.J. Heigelmann


 An injured Marine returns home to find the war lives on in his head and heart.


The night of the ambush changes everything for US Marine Todd Goodson. One moment, he is discussing tactics with his battle-weary squad in Afghanistan and the next he is waking up alone in a military hospital desperate for news of his friends.


Now returning home, Todd struggles with a deep sense of guilt over his role in the attack and worries that he ultimately led his team astray. On top of his guilt, he’s battling relentless PTSD nightmares and rising tensions with his girlfriend.


To escape his troubles, Todd travels from New York to Tennessee to visit an injured war buddy, eventually taking a job managing a troubled low-income housing community in Nashville. As Todd faces the challenges of his new job and makes some unexpected friends, he must also confront his deep-seated racism and homophobia. Overwhelmed with moral questions, he starts to spiral out of control. 


Will Todd survive the war abroad only to lose the war within?


Crooked Fences is a fiercely honest story about a returning war veteran’s battle to overcome the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression while confronting the hatred instilled in him by his father.


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