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Damaged People Paperback – June 27, 2017
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"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 . . ." --Indie Reader
"A beautiful and touching story. Generations affected by trauma, hope, and love. A cast of characters who will get under your skin, make you feel everything for them as they live life, make mistakes and steal your heart. Best book I've read this year. An absolute triumph! Bonnie Rozanski has done it again."--Acacia Ives
"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
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Her latest book, Damaged People, does this brilliantly. Not only is this book a well-told tale, with thoroughly engaging characters, but it has something important to say about human development. Epigenetics is a new area of research into how early trauma can leave genetic markers on subsequent generations. Rozanski seamlessly interlaces this science throughout her family saga, showing how her characters cannot help but live out the consequences of this initial and subsequent trauma.
In the end, this book tackles the questions about how we are all shaped by the interplay of family dynamics and culture, and our genetic inheritance. And it’s one hell of a good read!
I recommend this book for the engaging and interwoven plot threads and the realistic detail of time and place. It's a good story!
I like to get my facts from novels and would only read a book about epigenetics at gunpoint. DAMAGED PEOPLE's fascinating thread is the genetic effect of trauma through three generations of the same family. The reader is not bludgeoned with the science; he/she is given it in dollops as needed.
Read this book. It is fascinating.
Family history and anxiety are the most powerful themes in this novel. Powerfully written – I looked back at this passage that talks about the frustration that Grace feels when she hears about research from a former pupil, and thinks about how it relates to her own family:
Some poor motherless infant, thinking itself left alone, should develop fear and abandonment and hate the world for its heartlessness. In itself, that was bad enough. But that somewhere in the future his son might inherit that fear and illness. Traits were passed on from parent to child. Not just blue eyes or intelligence, but anxiety and sickness.
Rozanski, speaks clearly through these strong characters, and makes you want to hear more about the journey for them over the next generation.