55 Highlander Dr.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey -07076
Richard R. Karlen
- Date of Publication: January 1, 2000
$15.00 (USA), $18.00 (Canada) plus cost of shipping and
of pages: 404 text
of Congress Catalogue Number: 99-095282
McNaughton & Gunn, Saline, Michigan
design: Ad Agency, Inc., Cranford NJ
page collage by Marius Sznajderman
book is intended for the adult market to include both college
students and the general reading public.
Here are a few disquieting statistics: In the USA
alone there are 28 million children of alcoholics; 6.6 million
children under 18 live in households with at least one alcoholic
parent; more than 3 million Americans over the age of 60 are
alcoholics or have serious drinking problems.
While LOOKING FOR BERNIE, per se, is more than a story
about an alcoholic and his family, one cannot read this book
without discovering what alcoholism is all about.
Author Richard R. Karlen wrote LOOKING FOR BERNIE
psychologically and spiritually out of necessity. As Dr. Karlen, himself, put it, “Bernie Hirsch, not exactly
an alter ego, is nevertheless someone who has lived in my
subconscious all my life. When
he finally emerged in all his alcoholic, flamboyant self and tried
to engulf me, I did what writers do when feel threatened:
I turned him into fiction, reduced him to pulp, expurgated
him forever from my soul.”
LOOKING FOR BERNIE is not a case study and offers no
solutions, no panaceas to solve the problem of alcoholism.
Bernie Hirsch and his family live in a special world filled
with tears and laughter, love and hate, good and evil.
Above all, Dr. Karlen has written a novel where people’s
hopes, fears, frustrations, all coalesce and in the end leave one
Dr. Karlen’s next novel, ANSWER MAN will be published by
Ironbound Press in the Spring of 2000.