“like Ulysses, only easier to read…”
– Author/Former Editor of Nob Hill Gazette
I’m totally amazed at the beauty and quality of your writing…It’s like Ulysses, only easier to read…You make every sentence count and you have an excellent recall of details. The flow of thought, the depth, the humor, the vignettes are entertaining, and in many ways, the book is a page-turner.
“A fascinating memoir…”
– American Book Award Winner for the novel, Longing
A fascinating memoir told with the immediacy of an intimate diary. Rosen reflects upon his life, the loss of his mother, and the subsequent unraveling of his marriage with rare honesty. A rich and spellbinding story.
“How we deal with the curve balls…”
– Editor of Soul Chronicle
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a book about life, how to live it well, and how at times we can expect to be thrown a few curve balls. How we deal with the curve balls shows us who we really are.
“heartfelt and sentimental”
There are stories in our life that provoke our feelings in a heartfelt and sentimental way, so we say, “I could write a book about my life!” Well, Rosen has done just that. And done a pretty good job of it…Readers will be able to relate to many of the current events and the times he describes…It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon read. Snuggle up and lose yourself among the pages.
“Eloquent and hearfelt book”
– Author, Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation
What I enjoyed so much about this book is the way that it called out to my own journey. Rosen tells his story in a way that reminds us that we are all walking the same path. Although many of the details are different, the essential threads of our humanity are remarkably similar. An eloquent and heartfelt book.
Foreword Clarion Review
In this book are many examples of Rosen’s ability as an evocative wordsmith, especially in his analysis of and connection to the music of his generation.
“…A beautiful tribute”
– Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
…A beautiful tribute to an amazing woman and the special communication she had with her son…
“…like looking in a mirror”
– Founding Member of National Book Critics Circle, Bookviews.com
Tolstoy said that “All happy families are alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This memoir is testimony to that. Rosen tells us of his life, his family, his marriage, et cetera, but he does so quite movingly and you might just, like looking in a mirror, see someone you recognize.
“…startling honesty and grace”
Written with startling honesty and grace, Bruce Farrell Rosen’s memoir If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away, transcends the loss of people, place, and love, with joy, humor, heart, inspiration, and a reawakened passion.
“Rivals any memoir on the shelves today”
– Editor of Kazeum
There is clarity of insight to rival any memoir on the shelves today. The memoir is often very funny and on more than one occasion had me genuinely laugh aloud with an unexpected but gentle humor…
“…book of joy, love, reflection and healing”
AZNet News, Editor’s Choice Review
Hoping readers will rediscover themselves as they read this book of joy, love, reflection and healing, Rosen offers a road map for all of us who are struggling with life’s momentous problems…
“…a moving and humble memoir”
Midwest Book Review, Memoir Shelf
…Writing as a husband and a father who has seen a bit of all of it, “If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away” is a moving and humble memoir of what we learn and what we can give to others.
“…Ultimately, it is a book about joy”
New Consciousness Review
This is the heartfelt memoir of award-winning writer Bruce Farrell Rosen. As Rosen faces the unraveling of his marriage, he delves deeply into the nature of his greatest loves for his psychic mother, his wife of 25 years, his two talented sons, music, world travel and exploration in all its forms…Ultimately, it is a book about joy, the memory of joy, and the joy we carry with us.
“A Letter From Kathy”
Kathy – Response to Commonwealth Club Lecture
I attended your talk at the Commonwealth tonight, and just wanted to share a few thoughts. I would have spoken to you afterwards, but I was running to another lecture, and you were also surrounded by other guests. I honestly don’t know if I would have said what I’m about to, so maybe writing my words instead will make more sense…
Like many others, I am going through a tumultuous period in my life, with the past two years testing me on about every level. Despite the turmoil, though, I truly feel like I haven’t lost my sense of joy and appreciation for all the good that still surrounds me. On the other hand, since everyone around me wonders why I haven’t broken, I began to question if I was delusional and not really doing as well as I thought. I came to your discussion as a sort of gut check, hoping to find some gauge of how to measure what I’m feeling. I’m happy to say, all six ways to find joy laid out in your article are fully in place in my life. It has been a journey to really figure it out and implement them all, but I think you absolutely nailed it. I am quite relieved to know I really am feeling joy.
I have to say, I had very mixed feelings on whether I could read your book after hearing your story. It eerily hits so close to home, with the end of my 30 year marriage, two boys, the cards, the love, the confusion, the pain…but your writing is captivating, and I think in some strange way will be healing for me. I love that the reviews say you are honest, have heart and also have so many interests that are woven throughout your life. And the love you shared with your mother…I can only hope my boys will miss me as you miss her. I look forward to reading about your journey to joy, and how your boys factor in along the way. Of course I love that you and your ex are friends, as ultimately that is best for all. I hope to get there one day, but realize honesty is necessary for that to happen. Perhaps I’ll buy an extra copy for my soon to be ex.
I wish you continued joy, and thank you for sharing your very human and fascinating journey.