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.
About The Novel: Jack is a good guy—decent, smart, and loyal. And if it weren’t for his persistent anxiety, he might go on to live a successful, somewhat dull, but conflict-free life. But mysteriously—for no one else in his family does—he has anxiety disorder. The only possible clue is his relationship with his father Russ, a titan of finance, wildly successful in business but controlling and overweening in his personal life.
At 18, Jack goes off to college in Canada, trying to get out from under the long reach of his father. There he meets the blue-collar Katrina at the pizza counter where she works. Things move quickly, and Katrina moves in with him. Trina, too, is a damaged person, neglected among a throng of siblings. Though Trina seems carefree, underneath she behaves like her namesake hurricane, spreading damage wherever she goes.
When Trina tells him she is pregnant, Jack decides to “man up” and marry her. They come down to NYC to live. Though anxious, Jack forms one of the first automated trading companies and locates it in the World Trade Center. Jack begins to make big money. A baby girl is born. 9/11 happens.
About the Author
Bonnie Rozanski currently resides with her husband in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has lived all over the United States and Canada. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and master’s degrees in computer science and business from Adelphi University and the University of Guelph.
After some years in academia and business, Bonnie decided to return to her first love, writing. Since then she has written nine novels and five plays, often in different genres but invariably with scientific issues informing the plots. Science, she says, raises all the big universal questions about what it means to be human.
Bonnie’s play “Still-Life with Dog” won the Eileen Heckart Competition at Ohio State University in 2002; Borderline, her second novel, was shortlisted for Foreword's Book of the Year in 2008 and received a silver medal at the Independent Publishers’ Book Awards of the same year.