Substance Books Press Release- BookExpo America May 2011
Novel tackling the effects of sexual assault in the military to be featured in BookExpo Amerca, New York, May 2011.
New York Times, NY: Hidden stories are coming to light as federal lawsuit accusing the U.S.Department of Defense with turning a blind eye to the problem of sexual assault makes it s way through court. The plaintiffs, 15 women and two men, are bringing attention to the fact that military settings foster at least double the national average rates of rape and abuse.
J.Robert DiFulgo's novel, The Invisible Moon, takes on this difficult topic in a sensitive and nuanced way through the eyes of Bryan, a Petty Officer who experiences not only assault but love, loss and the shattering of his beliefs while on tour of duty in Vietnam.
Decades after the war, Bryan must revisit the past in order to grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder and solve the mystery of what happened to his best friend, Greg. Will his discoveries finally set him on the path to healing or will the truth remain hidden like the invisible moon?
Readers who enjoy learning about history and culture will appreciate the detail which author J.Robert DiFulgo describes both military life and Vietnamese places and traditions. His writing is based on his own experiences during the Vietnam War and a subsequent visit to the country.
The novel's hard hitting subject matter will be of interest to anyone following the high profile lawsuit against the Pentagon. But beyond politics, The Invisible Moon tells a story that is human, credible and moving.