Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-218-6

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-943486-80-9

Publication date: March 8, 2016

268 pages

His rock star days may be behind him, but stay-at-home dad Grant Kelly's life is getting more interesting by the day. It's the beginning of the post 9/11 era, and he and his wife and four-year-old son have traded a New York City apartment for a Catskills farmhouse, where ghosts from the past, worries for the future, and temptations in the present converge to bring about drastic changes in their marriage, their friendships, and their family.

A gorgeously nuanced novel with unforgettable characters, Perfectly Broken is a story of human frailty, the endurance of the heart, and the power and possibility of forgiveness.


Perfectly Broken

Robert Burke Warren

“Robert Burke Warren's sensory acumen and keen eye for detail – emotional and physical – make Perfectly Broken a wonderful ride. Fantastic, sharp dialogue and vivid characters, all in a distinctive, captivating voice. A stunning debut novel.”

– Rosanne Cash, multi-Grammy winner, author of New York Times bestseller Composed

“A contemporary fable that hits home on many levels: frustrations of fleeting musical stardom, creative competition, existential angst, aging, parenting, and a bit of erotica. Perfectly Broken is both believable and relatable.”
– Creative Loafing

“Robert Burke Warren’s Perfectly Broken is an exceptional debut novel that points to greater things in its author’s future. Through its precise prose, the alchemical composition of its story, and the honest emotion that pervades its pages this book is a study in how to make realistic minimalism work, one that never puts the appearance of truth above the reality of it. One that never forgets fiction at its best is a little like magic.”
– The Nervous Breakdown


Perfectly Broken is a masterpiece.”
- Tome Tender

“Riveting. The storyline is unpredictable and the all characters are well defined.”
- Book Bug

“It is cool, hip and has just the right amount of sex, drugs and rock & roll.”
- Literarily Illumined

“Warren has produced a fine, enjoyable book.”
- Lit Reactor


“A real story, populated with real characters, people fully developed and realized.”
- Vox Libris

“This book is well worth your time.”
- Gspotsylvania

“The book really spoke to me.”
- From the TBR Pile

“This is a great book about a group of friends struggling to be grown-ups.”
- Chaos is a Friend of Mine

“Warren is a funny, observant writer who has added a nice entry to the oeuvre of contemporary dad fiction.”
– Everyday I Write the Book

“Warren writes some very steamy sex scenes, and he has some interesting things to say about marriage and friendship. I highly recommend Perfectly Broken, especially for anyone who likes Jonathan Tropper's books.”
- Bookchickdi

“Whether writing about music, parenthood, or life in the sticks, every page crackles with been-there-done-that verisimilitude. At turns funny and suspenseful, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Perfectly Broken hits all the right notes, covering fame and fortune, love and death, success and failure, and fatherhood and marriage. A triumphant debut.”

- Greg Olear, author of Los Angeles Times bestseller Fathermucker

Robert Burke Warren is a musician and writer whose work has appeared in Paste, Salon, The Bitter Southerner, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, The Woodstock Times, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, Chronogram, The Weeklings, and the Da Capo anthology, The Show I’ll Never Forget. He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his family. This is his first novel.