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Pieces of Broken China (Paperback) Loot Price: R207
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Pieces of Broken China (Paperback): Dean R. Blanchard

Pieces of Broken China (Paperback)

Dean R. Blanchard

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In life, one either chooses to rise above temptation or fall into a black pit of despair and oblivion. In "Pieces of Broken China," his first collection of short stories, author Dean Blanchard introduces a group of compelling characters who march on an unforgettable journey through the heartrending emotions that accompany a dysfunctional life."

A father struggles to tell his long-lost daughter that he is not a predatory sexual molester. A promise ring becomes the symbol of a boy s love for a girl he thought he knew. A son stands by his dying mother, and in return, she helps him to make peace with his adopted father. A mother attempts to help her daughter deal with an emotionally crippled Vietnam vet, who happens to also be her father. A wife senses her husband s sexual preference long before he does, but one evening, he must face his sexuality after an encounter with a gay man in a straight bar.

"Pieces of Broken China" chronicles one man s painful past as he searches for his identity and is forced to deal with a label that will shadow him for the rest of his life. * * * * * * * * * * * Pieces of Broken China are not only the title of Blanchard's collection of short stories it is an apt metaphor for the lives of the characters and the author of this semi-autobiographical piece. Life begins as a piece of china---glowing in its virginal newness, beautiful in form, functional in design, and fragile in substance.Pieces of Broken China are the stories of the broken and scattered pieces of that china plate and the author's struggle to gather all the broken fragments and to glue them back into place. With fingers bloodied from handling the shards of pottery the pieces are found over time and reassembled like a jigsaw puzzle. The completed puzzle doesn't look like the picture on the outside of the box. It's not just the web of cracks, the smudge of glue or the smeared blood stains---some of the pieces were never found leaving holes that are filled in by our imagination as we connect the dots that are the lives of the characters. As advertised Blanchard's piece is written in raw honesty marinated in mixture of angst, anxiety and self-torment. The raw dough of manuscript rises with the sprinkling of humor and the needing of experienced hands. Reading Pieces of Broken China is like hearing the soul wrenching confession of your dearest friend where tears flow freely over broken hearts and finally warmed by the long hug of understanding and acceptance. The only thing lacking in this first effort by Blanchard is...more. I look forward to reading more of Blanchard's works. Beth FairchildKu-Che: The Way of BeingISBN 9781301378814


Imprint: iUniverse.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2012
First published: June 2012
Authors: Dean R. Blanchard
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 6mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 118
ISBN-13: 978-1-4759-3061-0
Categories: Books > Fiction > Special features > Short stories
LSN: 1-4759-3061-5
Barcode: 9781475930610

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