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
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Dean R. Blanchard
||229 x 152 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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