I received word yesterday that my novel No-Accounts was given an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Eric Hoffer General Fiction Awards. In a review cited by the Hoffer site, the US Review of Books calls No-Accounts “An engrossing portrayal . . . . Highly readable and emotionally intense, this gritty and truthful account is both raw and powerful.”
The award made me realize how little text I’ve devoted to No-Accounts in this blog. Some months back I wrote one post to explaining why I wrote the book. I was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) from my Vietnam experiences, and I turned to helping others as a way to quiet my psyche. I discovered that when I concentrated my attention on people who needed my help, my memories receded into the background. I learned that compassion heals.