Tuesday, January 5, 2016


The first collection of short fiction from Dan Buri, Pieces Like Pottery is an exploration of heartbreak and redemption that announces the arrival of a new American author. In this distinct selection of stories marked by struggle and compassion, Pieces Like Pottery is a powerful examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption.

Filled with graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents a tale of loss and love. In Expect Dragons, James Hinri learns that his old high school teacher is dying. Wanting to tell Mr. Smith one last time how much his teaching impacted him, James drives across the country revisiting past encounters with his father's rejection and the pain of his youth. Disillusioned and losing hope, little did James know that Mr. Smith had one final lesson for him.

In The Gravesite, Lisa and Mike's marriage hangs in the balance after the disappearance of their only son while backpacking in Thailand. Mike thinks the authorities are right—that Chris fell to his death in a hiking accident—but Lisa has her doubts. Her son was too strong to die this young, and no one can explain to her why new posts continue to appear on her son's blog.
Twenty-Two looks in on the lives of a dock worker suffering from the guilt of a life not lived and a bartender making the best of each day, even though he can see clearly how his life should have been different. The two find their worlds collide when a past tragedy shockingly connects them.

A collection of nine stories, each exquisitely written and charged with merciful insight into the trials of life, Pieces Like Pottery reminds us of the sorrows we all encounter in life and the kindness we receive, oftentimes from the unlikeliest of places.

My thoughts: Reader starts off in a gray, thick fog as you try to comprehend the plot. One of the characters--Lisa--is standing at a gravesite, grieving over the loss of a child and mulling over a pending divorce. The author then proceeds to summarize the ups and downs of the marriage in a vague nutshell. At this point I'm asking, "Who the hell cares?"On and on, we hear about the couple's wilting love, and, although the words were sensitive and poetic, I couldn't help but get wilted myself. The "commemorating the renewal of their love" didn't sound all that appealing. Basically this is the story of the stress and endurance of a rocky love. Of course, some might appreciate this, but others might find it a bit of.....(yawn.)

So this is another collection of short stories that I didn’t find too interesting.

My rating: 2 stars

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