Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Review: Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren

Title: Perfectly Broken
Date Published: March 8, 2016
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 270
Format: Paperback
Source: TLC Book Tours


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.

Grant Kelly never thought his life would take this sort of turn. He thought he'd be on tour with screaming fans enthralled by his every move. Instead, he is a stay-at-home dad to a 4 year old while his wife supports the family. Not exactly what he envisioned. 

But, the family makes due. Living in NYC, they enjoy the time they have together there and as a family. But, with a city still reeling from 9/11, Beth ends up losing her job, putting the family in a difficult spot. Seeing no other option, they end up in the Catskills where their friends have a cabin they can stay in until they get on their feet. 

I really enjoyed this book, and while it delved into the heart and mind of Grant, I felt that this was a strong move by the author. He is not a man that I could really connect with, his actions had an adverse affect on many around him. But, his personality is fueled mostly by fear, and that I do understand. 

An interesting read and take on a family and man that I enjoyed.

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.

Find out more about Robert at his blog and connect with him on Facebook.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour.