Fragmented: Only UN Peacekeeping could produce a family like the Hogans

@ Pete Mchugh

The Hogans enjoyed an idyllic childhood, full of adventure and excitement, as their father moved between United Nations peacekeeping missions across the Middle East. Now in their thirties, and back working in the region, the brothers’ lives are falling apart, as they struggle with war trauma, mental illness, and fractured relationships.

 

After dropping out of university, Joey finds a new lease of life as a war correspondent in Lebanon, but tragedy is never far behind.
Sam’s now a world-famous photojournalist, but he’s giving it all up to deal with his PTSD.
Christy is happy working for UNWRA, helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza; however, his marriage is in trouble and his wife has turned to the bottle.

 

Spanning twelve tumultuous years from 1984, Fragmented is a multi-layered family saga – set against the backdrop of the Lebanese civil war and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The novel provides historical accuracy and cultural insights within a poignant human story. It portrays in searing detail the trauma of everyday life in warzones, and the collateral damage to relationships and mental health caused by the often-used escapes of drugs and alcohol.

 

Above all Fragmented is permeated by the quest for a purpose in life, the disappointments we encounter along the way and the struggles to retain control over our destiny.

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ISBN: 9781399986670

Seller Bio

Sold by: Pete McHugh
 Pete graduated from University College Dublin in 1984 with a Chemical Engineering degree, then spent thirty years in the IT industry in a variety of roles. He published his first book, How to Make it Big in Software, in 1999 after which he founded his own business, Covalent Software, which he sold in 2016.   That allowed Pete to pursue another of his passions – food – which culminated in opening the Rialto Bridge Café just at the start of the pandemic. All the while, Pete was dabbling with writing a novel, that drew in part on his unusual backstory; they do say “write about what you know!”   Pete was born in Jerusalem and spent his childhood moving around the Middle East, where his father worked with the United Nations peacekeeping service. On two separate occasions, he lived in Lebanon where the first part of the novel is set; his father had regular postings in Israel where the second part is set.   Pete finished putting finger to keyboard on 6th October 2023, a day before the atrocities in Gaza flared up. All the ingredients for what happened then, and since, were in evidence in the early ‘90s (when Fragmented plays out) and indeed, for many years before then.

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