LITERARY LANDMARK WELCOMES DESCENDANT OF THE BEATS: Book Passage, San Francisco, CA, Tuesday, July 16
Award winning poet, Brian Francis Heffron, kicked off a national book tour for Colorado Mandala, his debut work of literary fiction, with an appearance at one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most prestigious literary landmarks, Book Passage in Marin.
"Colorado Mandala is the perfect novel for the legendary free-wheeling fabric of the Bay Area book scene. The novel ushers the reader into a sensitive and romantic portrayal of the complex landscape of post-Vietnam America, and is an accurate and sensitive echo of the spirit and verve of those times."
Colorado Mandala may also be the first novel to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an imperative story point: One of the three main characters, Michael Boyd Atman, has a continuing struggle with PTSD, which becomes a driving force in the book's multi-layered and compelling plot. A gripping flashback to an earlier Viet Nam experience explains this character's symptoms of hyper-vigilance, volatility, severe anxiety, compulsive compensation, and a constant struggle to sustain loving relationships. The author also has PTSD and in this talk he openly discusses how this effected the creation of his novel.
Colorado Mandala is a top trending book on Amazon and has been elected as June's first ever Book of the Month by GoodReads.com. In its first month, Colorado Mandala received thirty 5-STAR REVIEWS:
"Colorado Mandala is a fabulous tale of love, honor, friendship and the psychological morass of Viet Nam Vets; their private codes, their impenetrable camaraderie. Brian understands the life of the nomad, getting a ride here, jumping off there and hoping for peace and new encounters. His understanding of human strengths and failings is impeccably delineated in this marvelous account of Michael, Sarah, her young son, Stuart, and himself. The plot has been carefully and craft fully drawn and readers of all ages, those who remember Viet Nam and those who have only history to rely on the terror, will appreciate this tale."
---Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D., clinical and forensic psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in the fields of trauma, PTSD, and child abuse.
To purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Colorado-Mandala-Brian-Heffron/dp/0615760406
For more information or to read an on line excerpt, visit: www.brianheffron.net.