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My Dead Friend Sarah: A Novel by [Rosch, Peter]
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"...loved it. Nicely written and interesting twist of inner thoughts, interesting first person character. Liked listening to his twisted thoughts... Loved the dialogue, too. Great story... Awesome work!" -Deborah Henry, author of The Whipping Club

"Rosch expertly explores the psychology of an alcoholic... The novel tackles sobriety, truth and guilt, engrossing the reader in Max's whirlwind of problems... While depicting the realizations of a recovering alcoholic, Rosch skillfully renders a unique story of a missing woman." - Kirkus Reviews

"I can honestly say I was completely engaged with every sentence written in this story, I could not read it fast enough... FantasticStuff, A Very Strong 5 Stars." - The Kindle Book Review

"I couldn't put it down. ...when I'm ready to adapt a book into ascreenplay and direct my first narrative feature, I hope you'll allowme." - Erik Proulx, Director of Lemonade: Detroit

"I highly recommend this story, as you will enjoy the mystery of it, aswell as the thought provoking introspection and the introduction to acommunity you may never have explored." -Anthea Carson, Indie Book Reviews

" be inside the mind of a not-so former addict going through a life event that would boggle even the most sober, clear-headed person is whatkeeps you reading page after page without one thought of pausing foreven a glass of water." - Brianna Jacobson, Little Conqueror

"...if you have never waited for a liquor store to open then you would stilllove the novel, perhaps subtract a star, but if you are a ChuckPalahniuk fan, add that star right back." - Mark Matthews, author of Stray and The Jade Rabbit

From the Author

I'd have never written this book without the gift of sobriety. When I set out to pen what would become my first novel, I was just about two years into my own recovery. At first, I considered writing a memoir in the vein of the many addiction memoirs that helped keep me sane during what was a good, but often trying, first year in Alcoholic's Anonymous. So many of those stories were the real difference between picking up the drink again and believing I could make it another day. Ultimately though, I decided there are one too many memoirs already. Why couldn't there be a piece of fiction that served a similar purpose? And so I set out to do that.
There would appear to be no specific place, no defined box, dedicated to recovery fiction-even as I'm certain other works are trying to provide the same experience I hope that mine will, for both the alcoholic and normies out there. This book isn't a memoir by definition-but my own addiction, alcoholism, and recovery from it, (specifically the first six months), shaped the themes, settings, interactions and lessons I believe it expresses. I crafted the morals into an engaging beach read suspense/thriller in the hopes that those adverse to more traditional recovery literature might give it a read. The plot is a fabrication, but at its core My Dead Friend Sarah, for me, was an attempt to bring to life the very real experiences I believe all human beings, especially alcoholics, experience on their varying paths to more peaceful, honest lives. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Rosch, LLC. (April 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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An appropriately inappropriate narrative in which you equally love and loathe every character. Be forewarned, as moments of self-reflection are inevitable...while maybe you never actually acted upon similarly revolting human impulses, you've definitely been tempted and if only for a moment paused for consideration. And of course a story that incorporates the word: shenanigans (my all time favorite) is always a good thing. Read it before it becomes a movie - the book is always far better.
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My Dead Friend Sarah is very well written and is a fast read. The book is filled with so many twists and turns that it's hard to put down once you get started. I especially enjoyed the way the book was written, from the two main characters perspective.

Max, a recovery alcoholic living in New York , dreams of a young woman's kidnapping and death for months. It's just a bad dream until he sees the woman from his dreams.
Sarah, an event planner living in New York , doesn't have issues she has subscriptions. A "chance" encounter brings these two characters together and then the real fun begins. How do you tell someone that you've been dreaming about their death for months without sounding creepy?

As a substance abuse counselor, I found it very interesting to read the thoughts that go through Max's head and some of the justifications for his actions/behaviors. MDFS gives great insight into the mind of someone with an addiction.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone! I can't wait to read another book from Mr. Rosch.
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i'm not much into reading these days, but someone i know and trust told me i should give this a go. i finished it in a couple of days. not because it's short or dumbed down to make it an easy read, but because it's simply difficult to put it down. the writing and feel of the book remind me of Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke, among others. Without giving anything away, i can tell you that the entire time i was reading the book, i was on the edge of my seat trying to determine what actually happened to sarah, and when i found out, i was genuinely surprised, never saw it coming. and yet, it made perfect sense. you'll have to read it to find out.

as i mentioned before, i don't read much these days. haven't found anything worth reading for a long time. this book however, has changed my mind. i can't wait for the next one from this author, i've started reading his blog regularly, and perhaps have decided to become a reader again just because this was so good. so from a non-reader to you, this is a great, great book.
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'my dead friend sarah' was recommended to me by one of my very living friends, who stumbled upon it on amazon, and i'm happy he did.

there's a lot of good here. both of the main characters are well-developed simply feel real. they're unsure, insecure, fallible, and true. they're also richly painted, but the author leaves enough unsaid that you wonder what else there is to them - what more is behind their sometimes chilling, sometimes heartening, always smooth flowing narratives. the plot is just far enough fetched to keep it interesting while remaining grounded in reality. and the ending ties it all together in a way i did not see coming. read: goosebumps.

i could go on about the characters, the story, the alternately beautiful, gritty, and propulsive writing. but that's not what left the biggest impression.

the one thing that stands out to me two weeks after my reading this novel is that, in a very important way (from a reader's standpoint), this is very different from the more famous alcoholism-as-backdrop novels. i find that the others i've read, and i won't mention any freys, feel self-serving and self-pitying. and while i won't ever claim to understand how difficult the disease must be to live with, i don't want to feel bad for an author or a character when i'm reading. and in 'my dead friend sarah,' i didn't have to feel that way at all. there seems to be a conscious restraint in the writing, a feeling that the book is supposed to be about the characters and the story, not the author and his own story or the general plight of the alcoholic. we aren't dragged through the 12 steps. we're instead ushered through the story. and it's a damn good story.

i can't tell you how refreshing this sensation is.
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This is a suspenseful story that takes you through a tour of the gritty rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York City. The relationships that form in and around these rooms have a certain feel to them, and Peter captures this very well. These kinds of friendships have a certain transitory yet deep and profound nature to them. The trust between recovering alcoholics is nearly blind, and therefore, well, I don't want to say more or I will spoil the story. But the trust in and around those rooms can be too blind.

Then there is the nature of alcoholics. They are self-centered and manipulative. They drag everyone else into their drama, and this is very well shown in this novel. The codependency of those around them; their friends, family and spouses live their lives vicariously through them. In this story, this is what happens to Max. Everyone around him either enables, tries to control, tries to change or martyrs themselves for Max. Max then feels all the guilt of what he's done to mess up other people's lives, but can't see that he is not responsible for their actions. This drama that is played out in so many homes and family circles is well illustrated in My Dead Friend Sarah. You just about practically want to step into the story and shake the characters by the shoulders and shout some recovery wisdom or plain old common sense to them.

I especially recommend this book to anyone who is in recovery, because it helps them to take a look at their own sobriety. What is it they want from their sobriety. Again, not to give a spoiler, I felt a deep sense of connection with the characters in this story, and related to what happened to them. I highly recommend this story, and think you will definitely find it worth your time to read.
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