Blackbox by Tiffany Madison

For some, the bonds of love defy the boundaries of mortality. Written for 2009 Alex's Lemonade Charity Fiction Auction, Selected as Judge's Choice published in Pooled Ink available on Amazon, published in “Through the Lens”, a fiction anthology recording life through the lens of others. Dedicated to J. Miller. Thank you. The sentiments or opinions of the characters are not my own. Rated M for mature. 

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Summary of Black and White

Despite being jaded and disillusioned by the horrors of war, Jason Keller is profoundly grateful to be alive. After being gravely injured in the city of Ramadi, Iraq under circumstances he cannot fully remember, he is discharged from the Marine Corps with Post Traumatic Stress. Upon leaving the military hospital, Jason isolates himself in his ancestral home in Pandora, Tennessee, wanting nothing more than to be worthy of the life he has retained. Far from family and friends, he undertakes recovery on his own, working to “get right” by living a regimented life. But his methods aren’t working, and the best he can seem to achieve is a state of numbness.

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Character Summary: Jason

Jason Keller is profoundly grateful to be alive. After being gravely injured under circumstances he cannot fully remember, he is discharged from the Marine Corps with Post-Traumatic Stress. Upon leaving the military hospital, Jason isolates himself in his late grandfather's home against Merry Mountain, Tennessee at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wanting nothing more than to be worthy of the life he has retained and far from family and friends, he undertakes recovery on his own, working to “get right” by living a regimented life. But his methods aren’t working. Between nightmares and anxiety attacks, the best he can seem to achieve is a state of numbness.

Each chapter in this journey has a specific theme. Read more about the influences and quotes for each step of Jason's recovery.

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