All the Ways You can Face the Sky

New Haven Publishing author Farlo Ben Truman is an American author who writes about human connection. After certain high-stress events in his life, he was prescribed anti-anxiety medications—benzos—as are millions of people around the world. Nobody told him it was intended for short-term use only. His central nervous system crashed and he ended up in rehab for detoxification.

All the Ways You Can Face the Sky is a story inspired by the people he met who, like him, were battling with themselves, not just chemical addiction. In Farlo Ben Truman’s own words, “One of the first things they tell you in rehab is that 90 percent of the addicts—especially young people—are destined to fail and relapse.”

Similar to an actor developing a persona, Truman is a character writer, as opposed to a plot writer. His characters are regular people who are thrown into extraordinary circumstances due to their addictions. The story creates itself around the complex threads that tie everything together.

All the Ways You Can Face the Sky is about forgiveness of yourself and other people. Truman, like the characters in his novel and millions of people around the world, suffers from loss and grief—whether it’s the breakdown of a marriage, the passing of a loved one, or simply feeling alone. He was disheartened by the high percentage of relapse, especially among young adults, because they either don’t have the proper support system, or know how to utilize it. Everyone can be scared about starting over again and therefore fall back into the darkness they already know. This complex reality is just beginning to be addressed in the United States.

Farlo Ben Truman reminds us that we’re all just looking for home.

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ISBN: 9781910705940
Pages: 302
Dimentions: 152 x 229
Price 12.99

*Miles Rockefeller is a troubled orphan with no patience for the folly of other people, surviving from one moment to the next by numbing himself to oblivion. But when he meets another lost boy named Sawyer, his life is forever changed, permanently altered by a senseless crime that shatters not just their own lives, and their unknowing victim, but everyone else in their path. All the Ways You Can Face the Sky is a Bildungsroman novel – a coming-of-age story about grief, forgiveness, and human connection, which will resonate long after you turn the last page.


Other than getting some sense of a detox center from TV or movies, or possibly from what acquaintances with first-hand experience may have described to them, most readers will be unfamiliar with such a setting and the people there—staff as well as those being treated. And with an epidemic these days of widespread addiction to a range of illegal and prescription drugs, many readers will be curious about such places and find more to connect with in a fictional account such as this one, that virtually puts them there, than in what most journalism offers, as factual news reportage. So, like Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, its story having taken place in a mental institution, All the Ways You Can Face the Sky provides an interior view of an otherwise unfamiliar place….  It’s a novel very relative to our times, not only for younger readers approximately the same age, and of a similar mindset to Miles’, for instance, but for any contemporary readers aware of the serious situations so many people are dealing with today.

John Pahl, fiction editor for Dunes Review / Mission Point Press

Farlo Ben Truman has done an amazing job of combining a very touching story filled with lonely characters all in search the same two things: love of self and love of others, with an approach that is so introspective it could lose readers if not properly handled. But Truman handles it beautifully. Kudos to Farlo Ben Truman for pulling off this most ambitious and engaging project that indeed shows us All the Ways You Can Face the Sky.

Viga Boland, Readers Favorite

If you decide to read All the Ways You Can Face the Sky by Farlo Ben Truman… and you should… prepare yourself for a very different journey into literary fiction. Truman’s approach might initially confuse you: it will take a while to figure out just what he is doing. Once you have figured it out…or think you have… you’ll find yourself wondering how much of what you are reading is actually taking place in the real world and how much is occurring in the narrator’s mind. And therein lies the challenge to the reader to keep on reading. If you do, you will be rewarded by a most touching story that somehow takes you where other writers rarely go: inside your own mind….  Time and again, as they read All the Ways You Can Face the Sky, readers will recognize themselves tuning out what is going on in their immediate vicinity while their minds meander into other times, places and spaces… and the trip is fascinating!