Colorado Mandala, First Novel by Acclaimed Poet Brian Frances Heffron, Debuts as Amazon Bestseller & GoodReads' June Book of the Month
1970s Post-Viet Nam Free-Spirited Manitou Springs, CO is Setting;
Love Triangle, Struggle With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Create Central Conflicts
(Glendora, CA: June 17, 2013) Critically acclaimed poet Brian Francis Heffron has written his first novel Colorado Mandala (Little House Books, May 2013), which mines the complex landscape of 1970s post-Viet Nam America to chart the love triangle of a former Green Beret with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his lover, and a stoic young wanderer in Colorado (ISBN-10: 0615760406). This critically acclaimed novel was recently selected as GoodReads June Book of the Month. Available at specialty booksellers, online via www.Barnesandnoble.com and www.Amazon.com, where it debuted as an Amazon Bestseller, the 254-page book is also downloadable for Kindle. To read excerpts from the book, please visit: www.brianheffron.net.
Mr. Heffron started writing the book as a creative writing assignment during his second year at Emerson College. He shelved the manuscript for some 30 years to work as an award-winning television writer, producer and director. Also an established national poet, Mr. Heffron revisited and completed the novel in 2013. In tune with a reemerging interest in PTSD, a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event, Colorado Mandala is set during the tumultuous 1970's in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where the main character's struggle with PTSD is a driving force in the plot. A gripping flashback to the earlier Viet Nam trauma explains the character's symptoms of hyper-vigilance, volatility, severe anxiety, and a constant struggle to sustain loving relationships.
"Colorado Mandala pays tribute to the many thousands of soldiers currently suffering from PTSD across our country, particularly the Viet Nam Veteran, and is being reviewed for possible inclusion in bibliotherapy, the use of literature to heal," explained Mr. Heffron. "The thousands of stories I heard while hitchhiking and visiting Colorado in the 1970s, and meeting so many recently returned Viet Nam Vets, created the framework for this story. I lived amidst these emotionally shattered guys and the hippie community which embraced and nurtured them and their women. So I feel a deep connection to these wounded warriors and for this reason I am donating a portion of the proceeds from Colorado Mandala to PTSD therapy organizations in support of their client work. My hope is that this novel will provide a compassionate, creative voice of tenderness to these fractured folk who need far more acknowledgment, kindness, love and support."
"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, close to a My Lai experience," said Stefanie Stolinsky, Ph.D., clinical and forensic psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in the fields of trauma, PTSD, and child abuse.
Colorado Mandala can be purchased in bulk for Veterans of America hospitals and other organizations.
About Brian Francis Heffron
A resident of Glendora, California and a Northern New Jersey native, 56-year-old Brian Francis Heffron has a keen passion for adventure that first took him to sea as a sailor, delivery skipper, and a celestial navigator on a trans-Atlantic passage. His creativity and literary expertise led him to become a writer, producer and director for PBS and to recently be referenced as the "Poet Laureate of Facebook." He is an established national poet and Colorado Mandala distills his poetic sensibility into a deeply lyrical work of fiction. For more information, please visit www.brianheffron.net.
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