Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri : Review

Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri
Publication date: October 2nd 2015
Published by: DJB Publishing
Genres: Short Stories
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
This book took me forever to read, not because it's a bad book but because it is an extremely heavy book. The topics that are covered are all quite deep and challenge the reader.
The stories were absolutely beautiful and Buri had a way of writing so the effect of the story got through to you but didn't overwhelm you. It delt with many different hard subjects; alcoholism, catholic priest scandals, depression, anxiety, losing a son.
My favourite story was Twenty Two. It really got across the message Buri was trying to get across,
In conclusion, this book is definitely worth the read but it is probably better to read a story between a book rather then the whole thing at once. I'm giving this book 4/5 stars.