From Afar: A Memoir by Frank Scozzari



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4.7  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

For centuries, poets have argued that unrequited love is love in its strongest form. From Afar is a timeless tale of Morgan Stanfield’s search for love in the far northern city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Leaving the warm climate of Santa Barbara, he embarks on a four-day odyssey where he encounters a Russian beauty, a prostitute, a wise old babushka, an American chauvinist, intellectuals, the Russian mafia, and the ‘face’ of love, and comes to know how love from a distance can be more captivating than love close on hand.


Genre(s):  Literary Fiction

Series:  n.a.

Length:  200 pages

Release Date:  2015-03-09



Many just wanted to find love, I think. No different than ninety percent of the women in the world, a good man to share a lifetime with. Isn’t love what everyone wants?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Morgan Stanfield, a Californian searching for the one true love – in Russia.

With From Afar: A Memoir, Frank Scozzari has created an unforgettable and enjoyable story with a hint of romance. The story comprises a variety of interesting characters with sufficient depth and an excellent combination of a hopeful journey and entertaining interactions. I had a great time reading From Afar: A Memoir – it is a very enjoyable and heart-warming read. I was drawn into the story right away, like an invisible and close friend. Morgan is a very likeable character. The story is expertly plotted and has some very nice turns; a fast and fun read.

This is for you if you like fast, fun and heart-warming reads and a touch of romance.

This is a very pleasant book to read again.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady (Fast)
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV First person


About the author

Frank Scozzari was born in Bay Shore, New York. He moved to California as a child, where he attended and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He now resides on the California Central Coast. An avid adventurer, he hobo’ed his way across America at age eighteen, twice trekked the John Muir Trail, backpacked through Europe, camel-backed the ruins of Giza, jeep-trailed the length of the Baja peninsula three times, globe-trotted from China to the Pyrenees to the White Nights of northern Russia, and once climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa.

A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including The Emerson Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Tampa Review, War Literature & the Arts (U.S. Air Force Academy), Pacific Review, Eleven Eleven, The Bitter Oleander, South Dakota Review, Minetta Review (NYU), Hawaii Pacific Review, Ellipsis Magazine, The Nassau Review, The MacGuffin, Reed Magazine, The Broken Plate, Roanoke Review, and Short Story America, and have been featured in literary theater.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about From Afar: A Memoir?  Or – if you did not yet read From Afar: A Memoir – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If From Afar: A Memoir was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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