Getting Enough

General Fiction

By Leonard Rosmarin

Publisher : Strategic Book Group

Getting Enough

ABOUT Leonard Rosmarin

Leonard Rosmarin
Leonard Rosmarin was a university professor for over forty years. He published nine books on various aspects of French literature, presented hundreds of papers at learned conferences and has written many articles.  The French Government has also decorated him twice for exceptional servic More...



Getting Enough, by author Leonard Rosmarin, reveals a scandalous portrayal of a beautiful seductive Jewish Diva named Vera Rose, whose life is at a tipping point and ready to implode.  

The story delves into the disheartened life of a woman trapped between a mid-life crisis and the affliction of an unfulfilling sexless marriage. Vera is compelled to escape her repressive existence after an explosive argument with her husband, Sidney. She reflects on her life and decides to unleash her true self, taking her niece’s husband, Boris, as her lover. As relationships begin to crumble around her, Vera is surprisingly struck by the realization that she has unfairly misjudged Sidney – in truth he is the despicable wretch and sexual failure she loves to hate. Together, they unexpectedly manage to work out a loving reconciliation making Getting Enough an irresistible read that leaves a melodramatic impression.  

“For literally decades I had wanted to immortalize my over-the-top, larger-than-life Jewish family. They were refreshingly un-hypocritical. In fact, they were always brutally frank. They would never stab you in the back; it was always in the chest. So at least you knew where the blows were coming from. They were absolutely transparent. What you see was what you got. "I had written a few chapters way back in 1982, twenty-six years earlier. At that time, all I intended to do was to make fun of my relatives and throw in some sex into the story for good measure. When I returned to them so many years later, my attitude had, by then, changed radically. I felt a deep empathy towards them. I could no longer mock them. Instead of making my readers laugh at them, I wanted my readers to laugh with them. I still wanted my novel to be hilarious, but I wanted it to have poignancy, too. Hence the title, Getting Enough. "It’s the story of a group of individuals from the same family who are desperate for emotional and spiritual fulfilment but go about seeking it the wrong way. They get short-circuited by their erotic cravings. Rubbing epidermises is not the same thing as being in love with another human being. "The two main characters, at least, come out stronger and better people. Once they stop typecasting one another, they can move towards a loving reconciliation after 26 years of an acrimonious, hate-ridden marriage."

"Leonard Rosmarin's novel Getting Enough is a work of genius. The characters fairly jump off the page, they are so full of energy and life. Even the cover design imaginatively conveys the theme of repressed energy and stifled desire attempting to break out of the box of convention and hypocrisy. The work, coarse in language conveying a society that is struggling to find values and meaning, succeeds in resolving conflict through an ending that is at once realistic and uplifting. The author is to be commended for his great artistic talent and gifted imagination."

Professor Paul Socken
University of Waterloo

Getting Enough is an entertaining read as it leads you through the hidden feelings of a family.   A surprising and humorous book!"

Bob & Susie Davis

"My first impression of Getting enough by Leonard Rosmarin is of a splendid, fluid, rather classical style. The story implies some crude words, and the author uses them boldly wherever necessary.

Each novel is unique, and this one maybe more than others: despite the theme it is more psychological than erotic. The narrator describes a total immersion in a world of love and lust. He describes the feelings and inner thoughts of many characters, most of them part of the Jewish family of Vera and Sidney, a middle-aged couple on the verge of implosion, apparently beyond reconciliation.

The evolution of relationships is brilliantly built, each action or decision being described by the monologue or reflexions of the character. The narrator remains heterodiegetic but knows how to integrate the personalities and various points of view like in a well built screenplay."

Michel Goeldlin