‘Iraq Dreams’ Shows Veteran in Conflict With PTSD, Divorce

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Internal, external clashes fill new fiction by author-turned-retired psychologist Gerard R. D’Alessio.

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When a wounded war veteran returns home, he must face the loss of his marriage and the psychological aftermath of the Iraq War as he attempts to rebuild his life in the new fiction by author Gerard R. D’Alessio, “Iraq Dreams” (published by iUniverse).

Before he is fully awake in his bed at Walter Reed Hospital, U.S. Army reservist Rick Garcia knows it is going to be a bad day. It is November 2004 and, as if having his leg amputated during an extended tour in Irag is not bad enough, Rick is about to receive a letter from his wife, Coralee, telling him she is divorcing him, taking their children and moving to Oklahoma.

Now forced to reinvent his life, Rick decides to complete rehabilitation at a Veterans’ Affairs hospital in Oklahoma to be near his children. While dealing with terrifying nightmares and flashbacks as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Rick falls in love with one of his nurses. But when Rick’s children witness a murder that puts their lives in jeopardy, Rick must work with Coralee to protect their children from further danger – a decision that changes everything.

“Having been a practicing psychologist for 37 years, I like to think that I have more of an insight into intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts than most, and that my depiction of Rick’s PTSD and his issues with alcohol abuse are both realistic and respectful,” D’Alessio says.

“Iraq Dreams”
By Gerard R. D’Alessio
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 222 pages | ISBN 9781491722794
E-Book | 222 pages | ISBN 9781491722800
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Gerard R. D’Alessio was practicing psychologist for 37 years before his retirement. He now lives in Philadelphia with his artist wife, Susan. He calls himself a “late bloomer” because he only started writing after his retirement. At 77 years of age, he published two books, “Dr. Cappeletti’s Chorus” and “The Giantonios: Family Matters.” “Iraq Dreams” is D’Alessio’s third published work. His fiction works focus on psychological conflicts and the passions of intimate relationships and family drama.

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