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Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren

From the Publisher. His rock star days may be behind him, but stay-at-home dad Grant Kelly’s life is getting more interesting by the day. It’s the beginning of the post 9/11 era, and he and his wife and four-year-old son have traded a New York City apartment for a Catskills farmhouse, where ghosts from the past, worries for the future, and temptations in the present converge to bring about drastic changes in their marriage, their friendships, and their family. A gorgeously nuanced novel with unforgettable characters, PERFECTLY BROKEN is a story of human frailty, the endurance of the heart, and the power and possibility of forgiveness.

 

 

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. This is one of those books where you have to separate your distaste for the characters’ choices from the the writing. Characters’ choices are bad and the writing is good. This novel centers around anesthizing feelings post 9/11 through self medication, prescription medication or work and parenthood  or some combination. The longed for result may be the numbness the characters are temporarily seeking but it leads them to a path of loss and pain and maybe regeneration.  The friendships are real, the nineties throwback appealing. Many times I found myself trying to telepathically sway the characters from the path they were on so I was obviously vested. Not necessarily a happy read, but a thoughtful one.

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About the Author. Robert Burke Warren is a musician and writer whose work has appeared in Paste, Salon, The Bitter Southerner, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, The Woodstock Times, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, Chronogram, The Weeklings, and the Da Capo anthology, The Show I’ll Never Forget. He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his family. This is his first novel.

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