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THOM BRUCIE earned a BA from Hobart College, an MA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a PhD from Binghamton University, where his studies focused on creative writing; in addition, he studied and wrote exams in folklore and in American Literature.
As a writer of fictions, Brucie explains his life as an accumulation of planned and unplanned experiences, feelings, and relationships, not measured in accountable quantities but rather in a constantly changing undulation of quality. He believes that a recognition of these complexities connects him to the rest of humanity, for these idiosyncratic human distinctions infuse the processes by which all life unfolds. Indeed, it is these very instabilities suffered, survived, and salted away for future reference which become the characters, plots, settings, themes, and drama of all life stories. This multitude of daily exuberance makes each of us different, and it is this characteristic of individuation that makes every writer and every reader unique, and the universality of these moments connect us as human family.
He has been called a voice of the unheard because of his ability to reveal the sometimes unheralded beatitudes of fortitude and charity through his stories of the everyday deeds of ordinary lives. His novel, Weapons Of Cain, a memory-vision of Vietnam, combines astute characterization with sharp-witted cultural wisdom. His use of Vietnamese folklore and folk practices embellishes the rich descriptions of place to create a setting so full of sensory detail that one feels as if the exotic village of Cam Ranh is located just down the road and around the corner. This is the spellbinding story of Lieutenant Joseph Tompsen, whose surprising experiences live on as physical and emotional scars, as do all memories of momentous import.