I Am the River
by T.E. Grau
During the last desperate days of the Vietnam War, American solider Israel Broussard is assigned to a secretive CIA mission far behind enemy lines meant to drive terror into the heart of the North Vietnamese, but in the process, his innocence is shattered by atrocity and replaced by a dark presence that follows him no matter how far he runs.
Five years later, too damaged to return home to small-town Louisiana and hiding out in the slums of Bangkok, Broussard discovers that he must journey back to the jungles of Laos, where that night of horror changed his life forever, in an attempt to set things right and reclaim what is left of his life.
A daring and liminal take on the Vietnam War unlike anything before it, I Am The River burrows down past the bullets and battlefields to the true and lingering nightmare of war, and the human consequences of forced violence, exploring the lasting effects of trauma on the human psyche, and the soul.
T.E. Grau is the author of dozens of stories and other written works, including the books They Don’t Come Home Anymore, Triptych: Three Cosmic Tales, The Lost Aklo Stories, The Mission, and The Nameless Dark, which was nominated for a 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection. Grau lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.