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Nov. 24, 2021
William Day
Fiction: Debut
My novel follows Albert as he navigates his childhood and enlists in the military, endures boot camp, deploys to Iraq, and returns home. Ultimately, we discover that the entire novel is a death note to his beloved wife.

The work delves into taboo topics in the military genre, highlighting homosexuality in the military, jingoism, overt nationalism, racism, sexism, and suicide.

This is not your typical war narrative. I aimed to tell a story from recruitment to return, highlighting details from the mundane to the intricate and I do this from a literary angle. This book is for veterans and non-veterans alike, exposing how trauma affects us and how we respond to trauma.

A full manuscript is available right now for review.
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My manuscript is a culmination of 18 years of personal experience as a combat veteran of this nation and an additional seven years of personal research through volunteering, civic engagement, and involvement in the veteran's artistic community.
The reason for the length of time required to write this book will become evident as you get to know Albert, the protagonist. His journey was my journey in a lot of respects. A lot of his hurdles were my hurdles as I came to understand my involvement with the war. I draw from my personal experiences of war and the subsequent quest to return to normalcy. All the people I have met, broken bread with, and cried with have contributed to the voice of this narrative.

In addition to a story crafted through experience, I also explore taboo themes for the stereotypical war narrative, drawing on my interactions with fellow combat veterans through Warrior Writers and About Face.
Through the death of friends, to a suicide attempt, through my experience in an inpatient PTSD program, and braving the chaotic nature of NYC for thirteen years, I have been able to develop characters and a plot that should resonate with both veterans and non-veterans alike.

Completing this book makes me think that maybe, all of my trauma had a purpose. It makes me believe there was a reason that I suffered, perhaps so that I could tell the world a story.

It is my sincere belief that I have crafted a product that will find great utility in the hands of its readers. I have attempted to create a story that will present nuance, that lovely grey area that most veterans find themselves living in. In a black and white dichotomy on war, this novel offers a counter-narrative, a thorough examination of the horrors of conflict, and the potential to lift fellow combat veterans and their family members above the fray. And if you think for one single second that a war narrative is a narrowly focused narrative that only applies to those that served, I would remind the reader that no one escapes life without trauma. While the trauma of war may be different than other forms of trauma, we all are stuck in life from our past actions at some point.
William Michael Day
phone: 718-304-4126
3730 Hiawatha St, Pittsburg, PA 15212
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