by N. Sigafoos
When they made the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, they forgot one more thing: “Don’t Die.” Dear Violet: Letter From a Desert Grave unravels the lies left behind when a lesbian soldier loses her life on a dusty road outside Baghdad. A love letter written from the afterlife, this novella is an antidote to the poisonous deceptions of the Bush presidency and the crisis in the Middle East.
Private Charlie Day had a tragic fate. Abandoned by her birth parents, she spent her early years in the revolving door of foster parents – never finding a family to adopt her. In Dear Violet, she explains her version of “my life as government property.” From foster care to girl’s home to the street to Army Reserve, Charlie’s experience is one of solitude and isolation…until she meets Violet.
Finally able to love, Charlie’s time with Violet is cut short by her deployment to Iraq. When Charlie’s journey ends, circumstances leave her trapped with unfinished business. Dear Violet is Charlie’s haunting exposÃ© of the truth surrounding her death, and a journey to her final redemption.