It’s hard to tell if How Can You Mend This Purple Heart by T. L. Gould (CreateSpace, 216 pp., $11.99, paper) is fiction or memoir as it is driven by a lot of invented dialogue dredged up from forty-year-old memories.
The author doesn’t tell us what it is. There is no clear statement that informs the reader of what branch of the military Gould served in or his time of service in Vietnam or if he served there.
Perhaps he served in the Navy. Perhaps he served from 1969 to 1970. Much of this book takes place in a U. S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Ward 2 B. If you want to read a book dealing with life as a patient in a Naval hospital during the Viet Nam War, perhaps this is a book for you.