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CROOKED FENCES

Crooked Fences: A Novel by C.J. Heigelmann

A troubled war veteran battling PTSD returns home to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer. But is he ready?

Experience the life-changing events through the eyes of the main character as he comes to grips with himself, his family, and the community around him. 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 to pursue his dreams in law enforcement, Todd struggles with a deep sense of guilt over his role in the attack and worries that his prejudiced comments are ultimately what 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 and visits an injured war buddy, eventually taking a temporary 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 and his future career as a police officer, he starts to spiral out of control. 

Is Todd ready to serve and protect the public equally without prejudice?

Crooked Fences is a fiercely honest story of change about a returning war veteran’s battle to overcome the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, before entering the New York State Police Academy. First, he must confront the hatred of racism and homophobia instilled in him by his father while working at a low-income housing project. 

 

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The critically acclaimed novel, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody by C.J. Heigelmann
The critically acclaimed novel, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody by C.J. Heigelmann


AN UNCOMMON FOLK RHAPSODY

An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody by C.J. Heigelmann

COLD MOUNTAIN meets THE COLOR PURPLE!

 

An epic American Civil War literary saga spanning cultures, continents and generations, exploring the intimate relationships between common folk of diverse cultures.

 

Shay is an orphan. A young Asian boy with no link to his past – except for a mysterious jade amulet – and no idea what fate has in store for his future. Not until an American merchant captain raises him to be a man, who becomes a valiant Union Army scout during the height of the American Civil War.

Across the oceans, a young girl is ripped from her homeland in Africa and tossed aboard a ship set sail for America. She is sold to an Alabama plantation like livestock; her name, her identity, and her life stripped from her. Now, she is considered nothing more than a slave.

When their two paths cross ten years later, they immediately intertwine, driven by a connection so strong it could only be forged by destiny. But love is forbidden, and darkness surrounds them. Written in the Antebellum tradition, and narrated in the stylistic spirit of Charles Dickens, the reader is invited to view the perspectives of each character and the decisions they make, leading to life, love or loss.

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Available in 6x9 paperback and ebook

The critically acclaimed novel, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody by C.J. Heigelmann
The critically acclaimed novel, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody by C.J. Heigelmann
The critically acclaimed novel, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody by C.J. Heigelmann


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