Forthcoming in 2017
Canned Tuna tells the story of two total strangers entangled in the moment after being seriously wounded in Vietnam. One is taken into the past where the future is in doubt, the other into a future where the past won’t let go.
Milo’s Simonson’s pre-adolescent blooming is interrupted by an inexpressible dread in the form of a dark storm stalled off the Oregon coast. Then a drowned man returns to life and haunts him. Milo’s fragile reality at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1962 begins to break down and brings him face-to-face with the reality of war and the role he played in it.
Nicolasa Bilboa sustains a head injury when his jeep hits a landmine. He is medically discharged and returns home to Boise, Idaho, in 1969. His injury invites him into therapy at the V.A. clinic with a group of Vietnam veterans. They call the group the Peace Action Strike Team (PAST) and their leader is Doc. The PAST makes guerilla theater hit on the governor, pouring pig’s blood on his head to bring attention to the casualties in Vietnam. Their getaway car nearly runs over an old man who later dies of a heart attack. The PAST fractures into factions.
Two lives hang in the balance and expose the stark contrast between 1962 and 1969, a nation’s loss of innocence and the psychosocial repercussions of post-traumatic stress.
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