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The cover to Invisible Wounds. Against an orange background stands a young man in a military helment, shown from the shoulders up in profile. Behind him is a mountain or hill and what appears to be a field of flowers, maybe poppies. Text appears behind him in yellow, partially obscured by the helmet, reading, "Invisible Wounds." At the bottom, overlaid over his shoulder, are the words "Jess Ruliffson."
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Jess Ruliffson

Invisible Wounds: Interviews with American Vets: Interviews with American Vets

On sale date: August 30, 2022

Candid, compassionate graphic interviews with returning war vets from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Cartoonist Jess Ruliffson spent five years traveling across the country interviewing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, from kitchen tables in Georgia and libraries in New York City to dive bars in Mississippi and back porches in Vermont. What she finds is that the real experience of soldiers at war is a far cry from depictions in popular media like Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper. In these illustrated interviews, Ruliffson shares the stories of men, women, and non-binary ex-soldiers who struggle to reconcile their wartime experiences with their postwar lives. Identity lies at the heart of these stories, as they grapple with their gender, their race, and the brutality they've witnessed and caused. In this compassionate, probing book, Ruliffson reveals how America's endless entanglement in wars have affected the psyches of the people who wage them.


"A stark meditation on the cost of war based on interviews with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan." — NPR Books


8" × 10"