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New Orleans Author Explores Mental Health in New Novel 'Invisible Sun'

Louisiana Lifestyle Guide

NEW ORLEANS, LA - In the heart of the Crescent City, local author and storyteller Andrew H. Housley is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated novel, 'Invisible Sun,' set to hit bookshelves on October 17th. The author, celebrated for his debut novel 'Waiting Impatiently,' is taking readers on a profound journey through the complexities of mental illness and the far-reaching consequences of our life choices.

Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Lake Pontchartrain, 'Invisible Sun' delves deep into the life of Ian, a character grappling with the tragic suicide of his brother, Hugo. As Ian unravels the enigmatic reasons behind his brother's heart-wrenching decision, he embarks on a soul-searching exploration, questioning his own beliefs and the very nature of reality itself.

Speaking about his inspiration for the novel, Housley explained, "I wanted to push the boundaries of civility and thrust the impact of mental health into the conversation in a simple, unfiltered way -- not to tuck it away or marginalize it in whispers and innuendo. As a society, we have been doing that for far too long."

The 'Invisible Sun' has already garnered praise ahead of its release. The SPR Editorial Review hailed it as "a powerful, soul-baring novel that will be intimately relatable." Literary critics are also singing its praises, with Readers' Favorite describing the narrative as "a tough read in the best possible way, blurring the lines between reality and illusion, leaving readers enthralled."

Andrew H. Housley with stone

Housley emphasizes the relevance of his work in today's world, stating, "Now more than ever, people are suffering with depression, isolation, and idealizations of suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2000 and 2021, suicide rates surged by around 36%, resulting in 48,183 deaths in 2021, equivalent to nearly one death every 11 minutes. My job as a storyteller is to invite or gently drag readers into these places so as to understand them better. Change begins with understanding. Sometimes, all someone needs is a bit of understanding."

'Invisible Sun' will be available at popular book retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Amazon, allowing local readers to engage with this thought-provoking narrative from a talented New Orleans author.

As the release date draws near, Andrew H. Housley's 'Invisible Sun' promises to be a significant addition to the literary landscape, offering a poignant and unflinching look at mental health issues and the human experience.

For those seeking a captivating literary journey that delves into the depths of the human psyche, 'Invisible Sun' is a must-read. Mark your calendars for October 17th and prepare to embark on an unforgettable literary adventure that explores the complexities of our minds and the power of understanding.

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