Damaged People launches June 28, and has a premise founded in cutting edge science. Dealing with family and relationships can be challenging, but having an incident from the past influence generations is devastating. This is not your ordinary family saga, it is filled with realism, emotion, and science.
“DAMAGED PEOPLE expertly grapples with the big questions of the time through the microcosm of the family….The book shines in period details….
Rozanski has woven a classic American saga that comments smartly on the American dream, gender expectations, and the bonds of family.”-–IndieReader
“The glimmer of hope it suggests at the end is that no one is so broken that they can’t be fixed, if only they are willing to work for it.” –Foreword Clarion Review
“Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski is an engrossing family story . . . the characters are believable and understandable, even when they’re not being terribly warm or likable.” –The Fiction Addiction
Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski
Damaged People is literary, edgy and character-based.
Damaged People is not your mother’s family saga.
Like The Corrections, it is literary, edgy and character-based. Like We Are Not Ourselves, it is a moving multi-generational novel. Unlike them, however, Damaged People has a premise founded in cutting-edge science: that powerful environmental conditions routinely leave imprints in our genetic material, short-circuiting evolution and passing along new traits in a single generation.
Damaged People tells of three generations of a New York City family wounded by a single tragedy that ricochets from person to person:
The young father, Joe, who, out of his mind with grief when his wife dies unexpectedly from a blood clot after giving birth, cannot bear to touch his newborn son.
The young boy himself, who grows into a titan of finance, wildly successful in business but ruthless and paranoid with people.
Then there’s Russ’ only son, Jack, who is overcome with an anxiety he cannot understand or resolve, but one that seems only to have been passed on from his father’s early experience.