Perfectly Broken is racking up some amazon raves. Below is a selection. Click HERE to see 'em all. (And add one of your own!)
"Over the course of a weekend filled with tending to my sick child, I picked up Robert Burke Warren's debut novel, Perfectly Broken, and couldn't put it down.
It's a remarkable reading experience, everything reading a novel should be. You fall into his characters' world and you don't want to leave, despite the rocky road they travel.
What a perfect title for the story. Robert has crafted authentic, relatable characters - including toddlers - that express the tribulations of living with deferred dreams and haunted memories.
Perfectly Broken is tightly written and beautiful edited. There's not a word that shouldn't be there.
After journeying through a turbulent season in one man's relationship to his family and friends, you find yourself deeply satisfied with the ending. I know I will read it again and I cannot wait to see the movie!" - Michael Hunt
"Perfectly Broken is a perfectly awesome read. It's a well-crafted, deeply felt novel. A love story in the best of ways. It's about how the deepest bonds we have can withstand the most strenuous tests. It's also about the emotional landscape of fatherhood, in particular stay-at-home fatherhood -- an underexplored topic in our culture. It made me think about how Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique has become a universal phenomenon, applying across gender. However important it can be to be there 100 percent for a young child, so many of us are emotionally devastated by the pressures of that obligation and the loss of creative or professional focus that comes with stay-at-home parenthood. I look forward to his next book!" - Lisa Phillips
"Forget the great, true-to-life story and the pizazz of the writing, this book actually has sex scenes that are sexy. Lovely." - Mary Mina
One of the characters in Perfectly Broken is a mixtape labelled Beth's 90s Hits. The narrator, Grant, makes it for his wife, Beth, as a celebration of the decade in which they met. The new millennium draws to a close and parenthood beckons. Beth's 90s Hits is the soundtrack of all that came before.
Please enjoy this rendering of that tape via Spotify or YouTube. Imagine, if you will, some hiss, some level jumps, sweet analog distortion, clicking plastic spools, and warm fuzziness. Play loud.
for Spotify playlist click HERE.
for YouTube playlist click HERE
At long last, I present to you my official website, robertburkewarren.com, designed by the great Steve Koester. With the release of my debut novel, Perfectly Broken, and the extensive backlog of my music and written work, the time is ripe for a site on which to display all and make downloads available. Please have a look around, check out the archive, listen to and/or download the songs (on the soundtrack page), and feel free to reach out in the medium of your choice. Thanks.
sound as ever - RBW, February, 2016