Friday, November 20, 2015

Pieces Like Pottery by Dan Buri

Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri
Rating: 5 / 5
Published: 2nd October 2015
Genre: Collection of Short stories
Pages: 173
Publisher: DJB Publishing
Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Dan Buri.
I am in an emotional turmoil but yet I felt enchanted, I needed to read the next story and then the next. Oddly enough this was one spectacular collection of short stories. Dan Buri touches the reality of loss and then proceeds to show his readers that there is a silver, but faint lining to the dark clouds surrounding his characters. He takes you through several realistic events (You know that these things happen.) and that’s why, this read was one of my favourite collection of short stories so far.
The Writing Style. (5/5)
The writing itself, was exceptional. The Author had the ability to provoke every imaginable emotion there is to offer. My heart was ripped apart numerous times and then glued back together for the next story. I have no words to describe this read, except for amazing. Every story is so unique and so well written, that it felt like I was experiencing the loss, instead of the characters.
The World. (5/5)
Pieces of Pottery is a reflection of what I think, happens more than we might be aware of. There’s no true form of a world except, the ugly part in which Dan shows you that how you handle your losses, can shape and mould the outcome, whether you accept it or not.  The world from every single one of the stories was realistic in more than one way.
The Plot. (5/5)
There are a total of 9 stories and each one has their own unique plot. Each one blew me away and without taking that away from the piece of art which is Pieces like Pottery, here’s the Blurb instead.
 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 plac
The Characters. (5/5)
Each of these Characters was well thought out and I loved them all. What more can I say? They all played their part magnificently.
The Smaller Things.
I loved Pieces like Pottery and I highly recommend this. I would definitely purchase future books from Dan Buri.
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